Nightlife, Lungotevere, Tiber river, Trastevere, neighborhood, Rome, Lazio, Italy, Europe

Nightlife, Lungotevere, Tiber river, Trastevere, neighborhood, Rome, Lazio, Italy, Europe

There’s more to this  photo than just a pretty picture. The bridge pictured is on the Tiber River in Rome, Italy.

The Tiber runs through Rome and separates classical  Rome’s  Colosseum, Forum,  Parthenon, Circus Maximus and Imperial Palace on the east from St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square the Sistine Chapel  and Vatican City on the west.

The geography  of the east was the site where Christians were persecuted, martyred, tortured, fed to lions and burned as evening light and is traditionally held  to be the place where Saint Peter was crucified upside down. Speaking of that, the reason there is an upside down cross on St. Peter’s chair is not some secret symbol that the  Catholic church is Satanic as many  claim. It is  because St. Peter WAS crucified upside down when he was martyred. He requested to be upside down because  he didn’t count himself worthy to be crucified in the same way as Jesus.

In contrast, the geography to the west is the site of the largest Christian basilica in the world  and where  Saint Peter is buried. And so, it has been suggested that  “crossing the Tiber “can be a metaphor for   pagans crossing from paganism to Christianity through the waters of baptism.

“Crossing the Tiber” is also lingo for converting to Catholicism. Converts will often refer to being on the “Tiber Swim Team” . The phrase likely is a variation of “Crossing the Rubicon” which is a phrase used for “no turning back”.

The bridge in the picture also captured my attention since this blog is dedicating to  bridging  the divide between Protestant and Catholic Christians. Schmaltzy, I know. But it works, right?

Pax,

Victoria

 

Tiber Swim Team 2014