We went to Campo de Fiori for lunch. Campo de Fiori is a square located in the historical center of Rome. Public executions used to be held here. Philosopher and Dominican friar Giordano Bruno was burnt alive here for heresy on 17 February 1600, and now a monument dedicated to him was built on his exact spot of death. Campo de Fiori, which means ‘field of flowers’, is now a market where you can find fresh produces.
We then began our tour of churches here in the Centro Storico area. First, we headed to church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. It is a church dedicated to (no prize guessing that) the founder of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius. It is built in Baroque style and well-known for its optical illusions at its ceiling and ‘dome’.
Regarding the statue of St. Ignatius above, there are a few interpretations of whom he crushed at. Traditionally, it refers to satan and the enemies of the church, but given the Counter-Reformation context of the Jesuit movement, it could very well refer to the Protestants, who devoured the Bible for their own advantages.
To be continued!