Thursday, September 1


Do Not Give What is Holy to Dogs (Unless They're OP)

A puzzling aside from St. Charles Borromeo's famous manual for church builders:

The [chapel] railings should be tightly interwoven with some complex iron work from the bottom part to the height of one cubit in order to keep out the dogs.

Does this mean that, say, Prince Barberini or other Romans had a habit of taking Fido for walks in Sant' Andrea della Valle? Odd, very odd. I don't know about Borromean Milan, but there's only one church in Rome which allows animals inside, the old Florentine parish of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, where I saw a number of small fluffy old-lady dogs and a lunatic carrying out an extensive conversation with a heat lamp in the middle of mass.

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