Paying it forward – Haiku 2022 #ThursdayDoors

Center Doors – Basilica of St. John Lateran, Rome – Image credit:  © Jmbujia /

unlocking doors past

antiquity unhinged

paying it forward


Consecrated on November 9, 318 AD, the Basilica of St. John Lateran was rebuilt in the 17th century on the heels of two major fires and looting. The basilica’s nave lies above the ruins of the fort that once housed the Roman calvary’s bodyguards (circa AD 193). This church outranks all Roman Catholic churches in the world as it is “the seat” (occupied chair and responsible area) of the Bishop of Rome, The Pope.

Trivia: These doors (featured above) are not original to this basilica. They were upcycled in the 17th century from their original location— the Roman Senate building, Curia Julia (circa 630 AD), present-day Basilica of Sant ‘Adriano al Foro.

Reputedly, the bronze in the marble and bronze columns of the Altar of the Holy Sacrament inside the basilica are recasts of bronze— spoils, from onboard captured ships from Queen Cleopatra’s fleet.


Basilica of St. John Lateran central door close up below:

Basilica of St. John Lateran, Central door details- Image credit: Gareth Harney / Twitter

Basilica of St. John Lateran, Rome’s facade – wider angle below: di Porta – Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome – Image credit: © M H /

Written for #ThursdayDoors – Dan Antion- @ No Facilities

Published by Suzette Benjamin

Positive thinker, inspirational, writer, faith

45 thoughts on “Paying it forward – Haiku 2022 #ThursdayDoors

  1. I always enjoy the history you provide, Suzette, and I am always impressed by your ability to capture all of that, and the beauty of the photos, into a few lines of poetry. Thanks for being part of Thursday Doors.

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