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  • Day3

    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

  • Day6

    Musei Vaticani

    May 31, 2017 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    We decided to leave the Pope's public address a little early to beat the crowds to the Vatican Museum - and it worked!

    My absolute favorite piece in the Vatican museum was Raphael's "The School of Athens" (1509-1511) where famous minds and artists are depicted in one scene. Some that have been identified with certainty include Plato and Aristotle (in the painting's center), Socrates, Pythagoras, Euclid, Ptolemy, Zoroaster, Raphael (self portrait), Sodoma and Diogenes. This painting was not intended to represent a school that actually existed, but rather an ideal community of intellects from the entire classical world.

    Pro Tip: Use Rick Steves' Vatican Museum audio tour

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  • Day4

    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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  • Day7


    October 4, 2012 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Der nächste Tag führt uns nochmals in den Vatikan. Mit einem Blick über die Dächer Roms beginnt unsere Führung durch die Vatikanischen Gärten. Immer wieder öffnet sich der Blick auf die Kuppel des Petersdoms, während wir durch die Gärten streifen.

    Kleine Marienkapellen, Marienstatuen,...
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  • Day13

    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

  • Day2

    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

  • Day77

    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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