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Why is there a giant statue of a pine cone at the Vatican?

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Gale, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. Gale

    Gale Newbie

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    I know that it's from a Roman fountain, but is it any kind of relevant symbol to the Catholic faith? Why did they decide to put it in the Vatican?

    Could it be intended as a symbol of the pineal gland, which Descartes said to be the "seat of the soul"?
     
  2. AMDG

    AMDG Tenderized for Christ

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    Thought it was just a Roman fountain.
     
  3. Nymira

    Nymira Guest

    It's just a Roman fountain-- a piece of pre-Christian art that survived from before the Vatican was built. If my memory serves me correctly, it's from the 1st or 2nd century. I don't believe that it has any real meaning other than looking kind of neat.
     
  4. Foundthelight

    Foundthelight St. Peter's R.C. Church, Delhi, NY Supporter

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    A picture or link would help.
     
  5. judechild

    judechild Catholic Socratic

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    The Vatican has numerous museums, and one is the "Profane Museum" (not profane as in offensive; profane as in non-religious). The Catholic Church loves beauty, whether it has religious significance or not.
     
  6. Nymira

    Nymira Guest

    I assumed she was referring to the fountain in the Cortile della Pigna.