|Facade of Milan Cathedral|
“The world is my church."
― Steve Maraboli
The last few days in Florence and Milan have been so busy that I've been too tired to write anything. My apologies. I do, however, want to touch on something briefly tonight before I head to bed: religion.
Italy, as you probably know, is full of Catholic churches. Turn a corner, see a church. My grandmother's village (600+ residents) has five that I know of. Castrovalva, a tiny town of about 20 permanent residents, has three or four. Don't even ask me about a city like Bologna or Milan or Rome. As I said, turn a corner, see a church.
But, here's the question that really bothers me: Do we really need the huge basilicas and cathedrals to worship properly? OF COURSE NOT. It's actually pretty disgusting, if you think of it, of how much time and money have gone into these places from their inception to today. Let's look, for example, at the duomo in Milan.
Built in the Lombard Gothic style, the duomo took 582 years to complete. It is the fifth largest church in the world, second largest church in Italy, and second largest Gothic-style cathedral in the world. It actually sits on the site of older churches that date back to 350 AD.
|Side of Milan Cathedral|
What strikes me most about all of this is the waste of money. Let me be fair and say that it's not only the Catholic Church, either. I've been in plenty of large, ornate Protestant and Jewish houses of worship, so I bring this up only because I've been in the Florence and Milan duomos this week.
Where are our priorities?