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I saw this fall-to-your-knees Column of the Immaculate Conception in the Piazza Mignanelli in Rome.
It was discovered during excavations at a convent of Benedictine nuns, transported and erected here by hundreds of pompieri, firefighters from the region.
The marble base supports the bronze statue of the Madonna.
On the base are statues of Moses, David, Isaiah, and Ezekiel. The four bas-reliefs recall the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s dream, the Coronation of the Virgin and the Pronunciation of the Dogma.
Every year on December 8, Italians take to the streets of Rome to celebrate the Immaculate Conception. All over this concussively beautiful city, there are parades, music, and God-size feasts. But it’s here, in Piazza Mignanelli, the home of Colonna dell’Immacolata, that everyone (including that party animal, il Papa) comes to see one lucky firefighter climb the tyrannosaurian crane.