Day 36 – Jesi

Today we look more closely at the facade of the church in the Piazza della Repubblica. It was once called the Church of the Adoration of Death, as it was connected to the brotherhood of the poor who were responsible for taking care of prisoners and burying the dead. The hour glass shape around the windows reminds viewers that life is short.

Our guide to the Biblioteca Comunale Planettiana points out features of its facade. The lion is a symbol of the city of Jesi, which the Pope controlled for centuries.

She points out the lines that were used in by medieval merchants to sell products at a consistent measure. The rectangular hole at the far left was the shape and size of roof tiles, which needed to be exact to fit one atop another.

One of the many ancient books held in the library is called Mondo Nuovo. It contains the first mention in print of discoveries in the New World.

The library holds several antique globes, this one showing the Island of California.

We took a brief stroll around the part of the walls that are walkable.

This part of the walls are only open on special occasions.

The main street is Jesi is empty during the break from Noon to 3pm or so. It comes alive in the afternoon and evening with shoppers and strollers.

In the late afternoon we visited the Pinacoteca of Jesi in the antique Pianetti Palace. It contains a very long hall decorated in an elaborate Rococo style. Our guide gave us a description of many elements in this elaborate hall.

It also contains paintings by Lorenzo Lotto, one of the masters of the Renaissance.

Afterwards a local photographer took photographs, both group and individual. Here she gets to know one of the group members prior to taking his photograph.

In some free time, I took a walk around the shopping area and came across a dance studio which created a newspaper skirt for its display.

For dinner, we had for a first plate called Passatelli.

Then attended a concert in the Church of St. Mark. One of the pieces played was Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, which I had heard bits of before but never the complete piece.

After this very moving experience, I won’t forget it.

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