Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Zucchini Flower - Pupatori

Until the next sequel of the story of Rome here is one very simple dish that can be served as a side dish and it's very easy to make, and it's tasty, at least to me.
My family likes it when I prepare Pupatori (Dubrovnik's term)

So we need:
zucchini flower

Wash Pupatori, shake out and dry. Mix whole eggs and flour, add salt. Each flower just pull through the mixture and fry in a well-heated oil.
Arrange them on paper towel to absorb excess fat and then serve.

Bon Appetite!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Rome - part 3.

Santa Maria Maggiore
Basilica Santa  Maria Maggiore

We continued our tour as follows in the following text.
The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is the largest church in Rome dedicated to the 'Virgin Mary' was our next goal.
The church, which dates back to the fifth century, has a magnificent interior with a quite spectacular gilded ceiling and ornate chapels.
Santa Maria Maggiore  is one of four Papal basilicas in Rome (the others are the St. Peter's Basilica, the St. John's Basilica and the St. Paul's Basilica). The church is located on the Esquiline Hill. The name of the church, "major", implies that it is the most important of the eighty churches in Rome that are dedicated to Mary. Impressive!
The church is sometimes called the Santa Maria della Neve (St. Mary of the Snow) or Liberian Basilica, a reference to the medieval Legend of the Snow or Pope Liberius.
According to the legend Our Lady appeared to the  Pope Liberius and the Roman patrician John, landowner of Esquiline Hill. In this apparition Our Lady ordered them to build a church in her honor on the site which will be marked by snow.
Snow fell on August 5th at Esqviline Hill one of the seven Roman hills. Pope Liberius personally marked the boundaries of future basilica. The bell tower of the basilica is the highest of all bell towers of the Roman churches.

San Pietro in Vincoli
St. Peter in chains - San Pietro in Vincoli

St. Peter in chains is the Catholic Church and another basilica in Rome best konown by  Michelangelo's famous statue of Moses and the reliquary chains that St. Peter was chained in Jerusalem. In the church was buried Croatian artist Julius Klovic who is regarded as the most important miniaturist of his time. On the tombstone inscribed Ivlio Clovio de Croatia.

To be continued......

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Vatican - Rome part 2

Piazza di San Pietro
St. Peter's square - Piazza di San Pietro

In front of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City there is St. Peter's square. It was designed by great Bernini. St. Peter's square is surrounded by colonnades composed of 284 Doric columns lined up in four rows. It is interesting that in the middle of the square there are two places where you can see all the colonnades as they are all in one row!
These points are located between the obelisk and fountain, and they are marked with white marble plates on which is an inscription 'Centro del Collonato. At the center of the square there is an Egyptian obelisk which dates back to the 13th century BC! Emperor Caligula brought it in the first century and it stands to this  current location from 16th century during the pontificate of Pope Sixtus V.

Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums - Musei Vaticani

Spiral stairs in Vatican Museums
I'm sorry that I didn't manage to visit the Vatican Museums this time, although I've already passed through them twice. But it was very crowded and great heat above all. I know the content but it's nice to get back and see again all that treasures because the Vatican Museums are among the most valuable museums of the world, and consists of six parts: the Egyptian Museum, Etruscan Museum, the Sistine Chapel, Raphael break, the Pinacoteca and the Ethnological Museum.

Long live Wikipedia, I saw all of this but my photos from 2001 are not good, so I borrowed images from Wikipedia.

Castel Sant' Angelo

 Hadrian's Mausoleum  - Castel Sant'Angelo 

It was initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The building was later used by the popes as a fortress and castle, and the Papal state also used Sant'Angelo as a prison: Giordano Bruno, for example, was imprisoned there for six years. Now it's a museum. The Castel was once the tallest building in Rome.