Rome, Italy, Mar 14, 2011 / 16:44 pm
Anyone making their way along Rome's Via della Conciliazione toward St. Peter's Basilica this Lent will be greeted by the world’s largest bronze representation of the stations of the cross.
A total of 49 statues and 11 crosses form the 14 scenes that depict Christ's condemnation to death, the carrying of the cross, his crucifixion, death and burial. The life-size figures were installed for a first-ever viewing on one side of the arrow-straight lane running from Castel Sant'Angelo to St. Peter's.
The Italian company Domus Dei, owned and managed by the Congregation of the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master, produced the representations. Before the sisters took over the company in 2007, the operation had more than 40 years of experience in Church-related design and art.
Besides bronze, they work in stained glass, mosaic and fiber glass mediums. Their projects encompass new church planning, refurbishing and restoration.