Wednesday, 19 December 2007

A Double-Decker Curiosity

The Council of Trent emphasised the importance of preaching and confessions and occasionally in Italian churches you see these extraordinary double-decker confessional-pulpits. This one is from the Duomo of San Gregorio in Monte Porzio, near Frascati.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It could be confusing. As long as the builders remember to put the microphone upstairs and the soundproofing downstairs...I cant see a problem.

4:08 pm  
Blogger A Simple Sinner said...

I am guessing that one has fallen into disuse? The puplit part anyway there appears to be no stairs to it...

Unless it was used in the fashion of the sylites? Once you went up there, you stayed up there?!

Thanks for the cool photo!

5:59 pm  
Blogger Fr Nicholas said...

I think the stairs are behind, probably from the sacristy area.

6:51 pm  
Blogger Mac McLernon said...

Ghastly... having to make your confession "in the open"... and maybe with another person the other side of the priest - heaven help you if the priest was hard of hearing!

10:39 pm  

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