Prague: the Tyn Church behind the House at the Stone Bell (left) and the Tyn School Building (right).
Trachyte: the highly coveted volcanic rock which was one reason why the Colosseum became a quarry in the Middle Ages.
When in Rome… don’t buy your entrance card at the Colosseum’s entry. There is another selling point at Palatine Hill’s entry (Via di San Gregorio) where you can buy any ticket you want without standing in the line. At least this was possible some years ago, and so it should be today.
The Amphitheatrum Flavium, better known as Colosseum, which becomes a church once in a year: every Good Friday evening the Pope celebrates a Way of the Cross procession, remembering the many people who died a horrible death in this arena.
Not really a sacral setting, but once we’re in Rome, we’re taking what we get: here we are looking behind the obelisk at Piazza del Popolo, along the Via Cola di Rienzo. And in the background you can see the walls of Vatican city, with the broadcasting tower of Radio Vatican.
Now imagine being dripping wet at this place, because you have forgotten your umbrella and the biggest rainfall of the century just happened minutes ago.
The Béguinage of Bruges, site of the local Catholic lay sisterhood. This is only half the site: to the left the buildings continue with a big entrance buildings and further row houses. Not many Beguines are left today, this Béguinage is now used by Benedictine nuns.