In 2022, we visited St. Peter’s Basilica, Cathedral of Florence (Basilica di Santa Maria del Fioreon) and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. Being the center of Catholicism, it is no surprise that Italy is home to many of the world’s most beautiful churches.
I have always enjoyed the beautiful and historical Catholic Churches. I was baptized in a family church in China. Family churches don’t have a church building, and service is hold in the living room of the family. As the result, the church size is small. The strength of the family church is the support and help to the weak and the sick from its close relationship among the members. The friendship is precious, although during that time I had difficulty in understanding the Old Testament, due to lack of resources of background of church and Jewish history from the family church.
When I attended to the churches after I came to USA, I was excited to see the beautiful churches. Europe has attracted me for its beautiful history, artwork, and of course, the marvelous holy churches.
St. Peter’s Basilica: We went to the church before 7:30 AM, so we could enjoy the beautiful church without the crowds.
We took the picture of Cathedral of Florence
(Basilica di Santa Maria del Fioreon) on the top of Giotto’s bell tower. It is totally worth to climb more than 300 steps to have a fascinating view of the Duomo and the city.
The incredible history of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice: Constructed in the 9th century, St. Mark’s Basilica was built to house the remains of the Apostle Saint. Mark’s corpse that was smuggled in from Alexandria, Egypt by Venetian merchants. The Lion of Saint Mark is a winged lion that symbolically represents Saint Mark, patron of Venice.
Calie and Oreo turned to 14 years old in 2022. We had a birthday party for them. They enjoyed their special cuisine. However, apparently not being the party cats, they didn’t really enjoy the great moment to wear the birthday hats for their pictures.
Dear Readers and Blog Pals, thank you for spending time to read my blogs and leave comments during 2022. Wishing you a season full of lights and laughter, and a joyous Christmas filled with love and happiness!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year of 2023!