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  • Day51

    Rome, her Churches and Vatican

    January 2 in Vatican City

    We had a very Holy New Year. Spent the entire day visiting churches and ending the day listening to Christmas arias in a church. The Basilicas are truly amazing. At St Ignatius church, a dome was painted instead of using bricks and mortar because she could not handle the weight of such a structure. The perspectives are so good, it looks virtually 3D.
    InBasilica Santa Maria del Minerva, the mosaic work was so intricate and amazing.

    The catholic church is full of contradictions. The earlier popes commission's artworks by famous artist like Raphael, Michaelangelo, and Leonardo Da Vinci, but the later popes became offended by the nudity. They then made a decree that the privates be covered with shroud or fig leaf. To me this is a terrible damage to priceless art.
    At the Sistine chapel, the fresco are highly sensitive to vibrations so much so that the guide tells us to be silent for the entire time in the chapel, only to have the security announcing over the PA system saying, "Silezio, silence, no photo,no video." That must be the good vibrations.

    This does not take away the massive scale and splendor of St Peter's Basilica and the massive square. Crowds made the visit less enjoyable.
    The Borghese gallery on the other hand is very well organised. They limit the number of visitors and give a limited 2 hours to see there gallery. You won't get to all the exhibits but because of how well laid out the exhibits are you get a real good gist of the works. The gallery mainly houses Bernini's sculptures, paintings and ancient Roman works. Absolutely stunning gallery.
    Because of the limited numbers, it is really hard to get tickets for it. The girls missed our as there were only 2 tickets left for the time we were in Rome.
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  • Day10

    Sistine Chapel

    October 16, 2015 in Vatican City

    The Sistine Chapel absolutely took our breath away! The beauty of it was beyond words. Unfortunately we weren't allowed to take pictures, but I did get a couple from the doorway right before we stepped inside.

  • Day7

    Vatican City

    April 11, 2016 in Vatican City

    Day 7 Roma
    Last day in Rome today was started with the one and only Vatican.
    Basically you see 3 mueseums, the church, the square and obviously the sistine chapel.

    The sistine chapel was smaller then i expected but was still beautiful. As its technically a church you arent allowed to speak inside or take pictures. They have about 20 guards inside watching you. It was different to what i imagined, Michaelangelo painted the ceiling and 1 wall. But other painters painted the other sections so it's basically paintings from floor to ceiling, of people mainly.

    St. Peters bascilica was really something. On another level from every church id seen so far.

    The pope does mass from outside in the square on Wednesday monrings, which can fit 150,000 people. He also does a blessing from his room that overlooks the square on sundays.

    After that we drove to Florence and had a special Tuscan dinner in the hill side.
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