Empires – Haiku 2022 – #ThursdayDoors

Basilica of Santi Cosma and Damiano, Rome – Image credit: Β© Marek Poplawski / Dreamstime.com

empires stories

retold from borrowed thresholds

of broken pieces


Consecrated as a church in the fourth region of Rome since AD 527, the Basilica of Santi Cosma and Damiano situated in the Roman Forum enclosure was originally built in the 6th century (some accounts say the 2nd century). Rebuilt several times over the centuries and its ruins sold off to pay for its refurbishment in 1632, this basilica has served as the “mother church” of the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular since 1512.

Trivia: Although the Corinthian columns and the other embellished portions of the entrance were “lifted” from elsewhere, these bronze doors are original to the building. This “minor” basilica holds the grand distinction as one of the first public churches in Rome.

Many tales have been spun since Medieval times that label this basilica as “The Temple of Romulus.” Experts however remain convinced that there is no evidence to support those stories.

The Emmy Nominated BBC 2020 TV Series “Normal People” filmed its Italy scene in front of the steps to these doors.


Close-up detail of one side of the Basilica of Santi Cosma and Damiano’s doors below:

Right door detail, Basilica of Santi Cosma and Damiano – Image credit: Daderot / Wikimedia CC

Wider angle showing the Basilica of Santi Cosma and Damiano within the context of the Roman Forum complex below (Its small bluish dome and green patina door are in the foreground on the right):

Basilica of Santi Cosma and Damiano in the context of the Roman Forum – Image credit: saburahmedjishan / vecteezy

Written for #ThursdayDoors – Dan Antion – @ No Facilities

Published by Suzette Benjamin

Positive thinker, inspirational, writer, faith

56 thoughts on “Empires – Haiku 2022 – #ThursdayDoors

    1. So pleased that you enjoyed it, Wayne. I like the columns although not original to the door, somehow they seem to draw the eye’s attention straight to the door. Love when doors have that patina.
      Have a great day. Cheers.

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    1. Thank you Jeff for your lavish insight and meditation.
      Indeed, perhaps the triumph is in thriving because of them (broken and wholeness that is).
      Have a lovely Friday my friend.


  1. Wow, Suzette. I loved the haiku and the door was outstanding. My niece and her family have just returned from Italy and went to Rome. It would be amazing. I managed to get to Florence and that was it.
    It is very tempting to see Australia as a young country with a short history. However, we have I think it’s the oldest surviving culture here on the planet. We just need to get to know and appreciate it better.
    Hp[e you have a great week.
    Best wishes,

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    1. I agree Rowena our own homeland’s culture and vibrancy to explore is well worth the effort. Travelling is awesome wherever we roam. Thank you for your generous appreciation. Have a great week as well. Cheers.

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      1. We are so lucky and blessed to have our faith. We have God’s promises. I place my heart in Him even though I know I am unworthy of His love, He loves me anyway. Hope you day is full of love. πŸ¦‹β€οΈπŸ¦‹

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