Art and Architecture of Rome

Tom, Sean, and I had our walking tour in Rome this week. We toured three sites including the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Santo Augustino. We started our tour at the Pantheon, which means “Honor all gods” in Greek. The most preserved construction of ancient Rome, the Pantheon was dedicated to all the gods of ancient Rome. Outside of the Pantheon, there is a fountain in the plaza. Fontana del Pantheon was ordered by Pope Gregory the 13 and modified with a different basin in 1711 by Pope Clement the 11. In 1711, the marble figures were removed and replaced by Luigi Amici and can be seen in the...

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The Parthenon and Today’s Olympic Stadium

This weekend, the education study abroad group got to travel to Athens Greece! There were many highlights of the trip, but some of the best destinations we got to experience were the Parthenon, the first modern Olympic stadium, and the 2004 Olympic stadium! The Parthenon was built between 447 and 432 BCE and was built to honor the goddess Athena. The temple was built to protect the gold and ivory statue of Athena inside, but was later stolen. The Parthenon has since been reconstructed three times and the columns are made of marble and ivory. The Parthenon has dimensions of 8×17 columns...

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A Walking Tour Through Rome

Today was the first day of our Walking Tours!! Jackie Amber and I gave our group a tour of the Rome Jewish Ghetto. This Jewish ghetto was establish in 1555 making it the oldest in Europe. It was created by Pope Paul the IV when he granted the Jews land in a Papal Bull, an official document from the Pope. We began our tour in the ruins of Teatro Marcello. This is commonly known as the Jewish Coliseum. It was named after Marcus Marcellus, the nephew of Emperor Augustus. It was completed in 13 BC and held approximately 11,000-20,000 people. It was a place for singing, dancing, and acting back...

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Reggio Emilia Educational Philosophy

On October 27th, our group of 15 Walsh University students traveled to Reggio Emilia. Reggio Emilia is an educational philosophy that we have been studying at Walsh that was founded in the city of Reggio Emilia in Italy. Louis Malaguzzi developed this approach after World War Two. Reggio is a very different view in education. It is more of an approach than a theory. It focuses mainly on preschool and elementary students. The main idea is for students to learn on their own using resources. They do not have toys to play with but they have real life objects. As you can see in these pictures,...

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The Mediterranean Sea at Barcelona

This weekend several of us traveled to Barcelona, Spain. While we were there we visited the Segrada Familia, the aquarium, the IceBarcelona, and we got to see the Mediterranean Sea for the first time. Being our first weekend traveling by ourselves there were definitely some bumps in the road, especially with finding our way around, but it was an amazing weekend where we learned a lot about another culture and about ourselves as well.

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Meeting with Pope Francis

A priest from the diocese of Cleveland, Fr. Mike Mccandless, happens to be in Rome and just got to meet the pope!

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