All posts filed under “Churches

Ravenna

The Italian city of Ravenna served as our first stop on the 2014 ISM Study Tour.  As our itinerary was designed to proceed chronologically through the cultural and artistic transitions of Italian history, we began with Late Antiquity. Ravenna served as the Western Capitol of […]

Essay | Symbols of the Heavens

by Megan Mitchell, M.A.R. ’15, religion and visual art “The faithful will feel a need to daub the symbols of their heavens onto dark cellar walls—to ensure what is around them will fortify the truths within them.” Alain De Botton, The Architecture of Happiness, 112  […]

Siena

After leaving Ravenna, we traversed the Apennine Mountains and traveled to Siena, a city that provided us with a window into the Middle Ages in Italy. Although Siena was already settled in the time of the ancient Etruscans, it did not become a prominent city […]

Essay | Living History

by Knox Sutterfield, M.M. ’14, choral conducting Every country and region of the world is rich with its own history, but when it comes to sacred music, worship, and art, Italy holds a special place. This relatively young country is brimming with artifacts of its […]

Florence

Florence was founded by ancient Romans in the 1st century BC and became an important commercial center during imperial times.  The most glorious period of Florentine history came centuries later during the period of the Republic of Florence and the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. Between […]

Essay | Blessings Without Number

by Wyatt Smith, M.M. ’15, organ “Sicut cervus desiderat ad fontes aquarum, Ita desiderat anima mea te, Deus.” These words from Psalm 42 were the theme that I held close to my heart throughout the recent study tour of Italy with the ISM. In visiting […]

Rome

Rome is said to have been founded by the brothers Romulus and Remus in the year 753 BC, although archeological evidence suggests there was a Latin village here from at least the 9th century BC.  The city is one of the oldest named cities in […]

Athens | Halandri | Acropolis

Our first stop on the ISM study tour was the ancient city of Athens, the cradle of Western Civilization.  Greeted by warm sunshine and classical ruins of sparkling white stone, we spent our first two days exploring Athens–first, with a trip to St. George’s Parish in […]

Hosios Loukas

After three glorious days in Athens, we set our sights north for a day of travel– first to Hosios Loukas, and the ruins of Delphi.  After a scenic mountain drive, we spent the morning visiting with the monks who tend the centuries-old monastery, learning the […]

Istanbul | Chora Church | Grand Bazaar

  Our first day in Istanbul started with a visit to the famed Chora monastery, one of the most important buildings in Byzantine Constantinople.  We stopped for lunch at the Grand Bazaar, home to a vast array of spices, textiles, and of course, Turkish Delight! […]

Istanbul | Ecumenical Patriarch

One of our most humbling and reverent mornings in Istantul happened because  Father Stefanos was kind enough to arrange an audience with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, the highest see of the worldwide Orthodox Church.  We arrived at the Patriarchate, and were escorted to the […]

Istanbul | Hagia Sophia | Blue Mosque | Old City

  Our visit to Istanbul wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to some of its most legendary sites: Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Old City.  Located on the eastern ‘horn’ (on the European side of the city) of Istanbul, these buildings were […]