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    • Day 428

      The Vactican Museums

      September 12, 2022 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      By Ruby

      Everywhere is decorated with beautiful things. Mosaics cover the floors, the walls are painted with extraordinary works of art and more often than not, so are the ceilings. Sculptures stand in every corner. The Vatican Museums house the biggest collection of art that any of us have every seen and we are delighted to join a guided tour.

      There is an overwhelming amount of statues, mostly Roman. There is a labyrinth of rooms just full to the brim with them, and it’s hard to believe what we’re seeing. I always thought that an intact ancient statue was extremely rare, but now I know where all the long-lost ones are kept!

      We walk through an extremely long hall next. The floor is mosaic and the ceiling is beautifully designed and divided into hundreds of individual works of art. We are in the hall of maps and there are over forty giant frescos on the walls, each one depicting a different part of Italy. The room radiate wealth and power and in my opinion is one of the most stunning rooms in the Vatican, and that’s saying a lot.

      Another impressive room is the hall of tapestries, each one ginormous. They depict the story of Christ and we follow his life walking the length of the hall. One in particular is very striking, and our tour guide stops to explain that it is ‘The massacre of the innocents’ . This scene is rarely portrayed in the story of Christ because of its brutality. The tapestry is very detailed and took years to make. All of the tapestries once lined the walls of the Sistene Chapel, but were removed during Covid.

      We continue on through a maze of rooms covered in paintings by Raphael. We get to see the famous ‘School of Athens’ and learn a bit about it. It features the face of Leonardo da Vinci painted as Plato, pointing his finger at the sky. Michelangelo’s and Raphael’s faces are also to be found in the painting.

      Now it’s time for the highlight of our tour (You may be able to guess it) . . . . The Sistene Chapel! We are herded into the crowded chapel by security guards. Everyone is standing and staring up at the marvel on the ceiling. It seems almost surreal that I am actually seeing ‘The creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo. I take a few photos forgetting the no photo rule — don’t tell anyone. We also see ‘The Last Judgment’, which takes up one entire wall!

      And so ends our trip around the Vatican Museums. The tour guide said that if we spent a minute at every piece of art here, we would be here for twelve years. We’re not that dedicated and amazing as it is we’re already quite hungry.
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    • Day 186

      Rome 2

      September 26, 2019 in Vatican City ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

      Vatican Museum photos, we weren’t allowed to photograph in the Sistine Chapel and we had to make sure our knees and shoulders were covered. Just realised I didn’t tell you about our mad dash round the Basilica, well what happened was the little map we were given by the Hotel turned out to be not very accurate so we headed for where we thought we were meeting to collect our museum tickets only to find out, when we couldn’t find the street in question, that we needed to be the other side and we only had 5 minutes to get there. *ugger, off we go walking fast, marching, jogging, then running when we realise just how far we have to go. Lots of ‘scuzi’s’ later and we get there in time and apologise to everyone for holding them up. Just glad the museum pieces need to be kept at a low is hard temperature so we’re able to cool again. Tomorrow we are headed to Colosseum, Palantine Hill, Roman Forum and Basilica so should get a few more miles in our legs before returning to the boat.Read more

    • Day 13

      Vatikanische Museen

      September 26, 2019 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Rom ist die Stadt auf sieben Hügeln, die ewige Stadt und die wohl einzige Stadt, in der sich ein souveräner Staat befindet: Der Vatikan. Er ist Zentrum der katholischen Kirche und Sitz des Papstes. Ein Labyrinth aus Palästen und Galerien birgt in über 1400 Räumen und 14 Museen weltberühmte Sehenswürdigkeiten ersten Ranges. Die Päpste haben diese immensen Kunstsammlungen aus aller Welt über die Jahrhunderte zusammengetragen. Der Höhepunkt ist natürlich Michelangelos Meisterstück: die mit fantastischen Decken-und Wandmalereien geschmückte Sixtinische Kapelle, wo auch die Päpste gewählt werden.Read more

    • Day 5

      Day 4 - The Sphere within a Sphere

      September 14, 2023 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      This is a bronze sculpture by Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro. The form depicts the globe of Earth itself. This complex work of art, composed of a sphere within a sphere, can be read as a symbol of the emergence of a new world from the old.Read more

    • Day 11

      Rom Tag 2

      September 17, 2021 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Heute war ich im nördlicheren Teil der Altstadt Roms unterwegs. Dort ist neben der Engelsburg, dem Pantheon und sämtlichen interessanten Kirchen und Gebäuden auch der Tiber und dahinter dann die Vatikanstadt. Dort war ich heute im Museum und in der Sixtinischen Kapelle. Danach dann noch am Trevi Brunnen und ein paar schönen Gassen. Eine Caravaggio Malerei in einer kleinen Kirche gabs sogar noch kostenlos drauf zu sehen.Read more

    • Day 36

      From the Vatican to Tuscany

      April 2, 2019 in Vatican City ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

      Early wake up and breakfast then off to do the Vatican museums, St. Peter's basilica and Colosseum. Definitely must do Vatican city with a skip the line pass, early admission too. Not very crowded when we got in, but long lines formed quickly. Amazing sculptures, tapestries, paintings and views. After lunch of Caprese salad, headed to the Colosseum then north.Read more

    • Day 77

      Rome - Vatican Museum / Sistine Chapel

      October 16, 2015 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      The last big things to see in Rome were in Vatican City (with impressive walls, #1). First, we went to see the Vatican Museum (including the Sistine Chapel).

      The museum is half about the items on display, and half about the rooms themselves, with their beautifully painted ceilings and walls (#2,3) (by famous names like Raphael and Michaelangelo but not quite on the level of Versailles IMO).

      At some point, the crowd all begins moving in one direction, and you're trapped in a human mass conveying you along a winding route to the Sistine Chapel. I was a bit disappointed by this: I'm sure many people just want to see the Chapel and could take a more direct route, while those that actually want to stop and admire the rooms get pushed along (if you're afraid of crowds just don't bother).

      The Chapel itself was impressively painted, and made appreciable with Rick Steves again, pointing out and explaining the features. The quiet hum in the sardine-packed Chapel was frequently interrupted by a jarring man on a loudspeaker booming "SHHHHHHHHHH. SILENCIO. SILENCE. NO PHOTOS. NO VIDEOS". Kinda ironic.
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    • Day 4

      Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

      May 9, 2019 in Vatican City ⋅ 🌬 16 °C

      We waited with the masses and were efficiently escorted to the Sistine Chapel for the early opening. Still quite a few people there and it was annoying they were not going with the signage and the guide's request for silence during the viewing. You get 20 min to look at this incredible set of paintings on the ceiling that took Mike M four years to paint. The rest of the tour was a bit of a blur, a walk with the crowds stopping momentarily for some highlights and then on. With 30,000 people a day going through they have to keep it moving! If I went back again, I would go later in the day and just spend time going through some of the amazing galleries and collections there. From 500 AD to 1800 the popes were both the religious and government head so had tremendous power and resources which they used to collect many precious arts, do interior decorating and sponsor great works of religiously themed art. They also saved a lot of treasures from being destroyed as they appreciated the value of antiquities.

      The Vatican Museums are within Vatican City and comprise several exhibitions housed within several museum galleries. The collection began with the purchase by Pope Julius II of the statue of Laocoon and his Sons in 1506.

      The Sistine Chapel is named after Pope Sixtus IV (pope from 1471 to 1484). Each surface of the chapel is covered with exquisite art, the Last Judgment is painted on the wall opposite the entrance; the story of Christ is featured on the North Wall and the stories of Moses on the South Wall. However the main painting which visitors come to see is the ceiling fresco by Michelangelo. Michelangelo was originally commissioned to paint 12 apostles and ornamental motifs however he was not too enamored with this idea and eventually was given a free hand to plan the ceiling painting as he pleased. He painted 9 important events from the Book of Genesis down the center of the ceiling, the most famous being God giving Adam life with the touching of their two finger tips.

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    • Day 3

      Vatikanisches Museum

      February 2, 2019 in Vatican City ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

      Die vatikanischen Museen beherbergen unglaubliche Schätze: von ägyptischen Skulpturen, über Bilder von van Gogh bis hin zu zeitgenössischer Kunst. Am Ende des Rundganges steht die Sixtinische Kapelle, die anders als erwartet ziemlich bunt, aber auch vom Bau her sehr untypisch und unkirchlich erscheint.Read more

    • Day 2

      2.nap: Vatikán múzeum és Sixtus kápolna

      April 27, 2018 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Jó hosszú séta után odaértünk a Vatikánhoz és hála az online jegynek nem is kellett sorba állni. Hát nehéz lenne felsorolni azt a sok szép dolgot amit láttunk, szobrok, festmények, műtárgyak, múmiák és mire odaértünk a Sixtus kápolnába, már alig bírtuk menni. Amikor kijöttünk rögtön kapott mindenki egy jutalom fagyit , ami jól jött a közel 30 fokban.Read more

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