Word of Galileo’s brotherhood started to spread in the 1630s, and scientists from around the world made secret pilgrimages to Rome hoping to join the Illuminati …. eager for a chance to look through Galileo’s telescope and hear the master’s ideas.
No battle, no crucifixion, no pilgrimage, no mystical vision …. nothing in the shrine’s 2,000-year history could possibly match the scope and drama of this very moment.
Not only had Milton made a well-documented 1638 pilgrimage to Rome to "commune with enlightened men," but he had held meetings with Galileo during the scientist’s house arrest, meetings portrayed in many Renaissance paintings, including Annibale Gatti’s famous Galileo and Milton, which hung even now in the IMSS Museum in Florence.
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A pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
I promise to make a pilgrimage to the Virgin of Cobre if I catch him.