Sunday, October 26, 2008

Dying with class

Great people, it is said, are immortalized only upon their death. This becomes even more palpable when they are placed in one single place for future generations to see. This is the case of the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy, a haven for great Florentines who through their works have moved the world.

Michelangelo Buonarroti. The great sculptor of David and the Pietà, the painter of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and the great inspiration for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (hihi), found his resting place in this ornate marble tomb.

Niccolò Machiavelli. The great political thinker whose most famous work is The Prince has this cenotaph erected in his honor, with an inscription in Latin that can be translated as, "No honor is enough for such great a name."

Dante Alighieri. The author of the Divine Comedy, Italy's Sommo Poeta and Father of the Italian Language, he has this tomb in his honor, though his mortal remains are enterred in Ravenna, Italy.

Galileo Galilei. The great thinker and proponent of the heliocentrism, for which he was unjustly accused of heresy, is today honored and acclaimed in this befitting memorial.

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