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VITTORIO MAZZUCCONI
The Palatine Pyramid (5/15)

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A temple

The diagonal wall also has a wonderful signification: it is exactly orientated towards the East. It is well known that the foundation of the ancient cities was always designed in accordance with ritual prescriptions, with their orientation following the four cardinal points: the Carduus from North to South, and the Decumanus from East to West.
In Rome case, the conjectures which we can make upon the Romulus’s city and other investigations upon the further developments on the same site do not seem to correspond to such an orientation. Nevertheless, the Pyramid is likely to recover the sacred orientation by means of its diagonal which is exactly pointed towards the East, as it happened in all times in the temples of the antiquity as well as in Christian churches.



Truly, our Pyramid is a great temple. We dare say that such a temple might anticipate a sublime religion in which the historical religions will meet one day, and an overcoming of the Christian Rome itself will eventually occur.
Thinking now about the meaning of ancient pyramids, they speak to us about a movement, an ascension from the popular basis till the top personified by the Pharaoh, or from mankind to God, conceived as the highest point, the pyramid top or the sun itself. Or even they signify the descent of light from the sun or from the Pharaoh till the multitude of men. Today, on the contrary, it is from the interior of man, fully individualized, free, conscious of the presence of God in himself, that a movement can raise and lift up to infinity.


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