The way I see it, there are two ways to do Europe. The first is with a tour group like this:
|20-50 people straining to hear a guide in front who prattles on about historical details, |
politics or theology until you can get on with the seeing part of sightseeing.
The second is like this:
First stop, St. Peter-in-Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli):
This church, pictured above with the huge tour group, was built in the fifth century to house the chains that held St. Peter.
These are supposedly the exact chains that held St. Peter. The early church hid them while Christians were persecuted. Later when Rome converted they were placed on display.
This is a brilliant anecdote for having the Bible fully and correctly translated into one's native language: Take a look at Moses' head. Are those horns?!
Centuries ago, the Hebrew word for "rays" was mistranslated "horns."
While we were at this particular altar, we took the opportunity to pray for the persecuted church.
Remember my chains.
Grace be with you.