Vatican City
St. Peter's Basilica

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  • Day51

    Rom von oben

    September 25, 2019 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Heut ging es in die Kuppel des Petersdoms um einen grandiosen Blick auf Vatikanstadt und Umgebung zu bekommen. Mit Klaustrophobie ist man dort jedoch fehl am Platz. 😖

  • Day122

    The Vatican

    December 31, 2019 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Today we took a tour of The Vatican. Got to see some perfectly preserved Greek and Roman statues which was awesome. We also got to go inside the Sistine Chapel and see the amazing Michelangelo painting on the roof, however cameras are not allowed in the chapel, so I don't have any photos. To do finish off, we went inside St. Peter's Basilica and saw the incredible mosaics and staues.Read more

  • Day2

    Besuch beim Papst

    February 2, 2019 in Vatican City ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Nach einer kalten Nacht wollte am nächsten Morgen niemand so wirklich aus dem warmen Bett. Um 9 Uhr sollte es losgehen und da in unseren Speiseraum maximal 20 Leute gleichzeitig passten, verlief das Frühstück etappenweise. Als wir danach hinaus in den Regen traten war uns allen klar: Trocken würde heute niemand bleiben.

    Wir liefen zum Bahnhof und drehten zuerst verwirrt ein paar Kreise, bevor wir in die Metro Richtung Petersdom stiegen. Von der Station aus liefen wir durch immer stärker werdenden Regen und unsere Lehrer strichen deswegen glücklicherweise den Besuch beim Deutschen Friedhof. Die Schlange vor dem Petersdom war jedoch ebenfalls im Freien und bis wir es endlich hinein geschafft hatten, waren die meisten bereits komplett durchnässt. Der Petersdom von innen war ein imposanter Anblick, auch wenn der Papst nirgendwo zu sehen war.

    Nachdem wir den Petersdom von innen gesehen hatten, ging es weiter in Richtung Vatikanische Museen und auch hier warteten wir im Freien. Wer bis hier noch trocken geblieben war, wurde spätestens jetzt nass und die Stimmung sank. Im Museum angekommen, pilgerten wir als erstes in die Cafeteria und kauften überteuerte Sandwiches und Kaffee, da wir sonst kein Mittagessen haben würden. Als wir beim anschließenden Besichtigen der Ausstellungen einen Heizlüfter fanden, begannen wir spontan unsere Jacken, Schuhe und Pullover unter den kritischen Blicken der Security zu trocknen. Das Museum selbst war eher Nebensache, den niemand von uns interessierte sich wirklich für unzählige Bilder von Jesus oder alte Mamorstatuen. Erst recht nicht, da wir alle in durchnässten Klamotten steckten.

    Als auch dieser Programmpunkt abgehakt werden konnte, fuhren wir mit der Metro zurück und die meisten stürmten noch einen Supermarkt, um sich mit Wasser und anderen Vorräten einzudecken. Wieder im Hotel angekommen wurde geduscht und geföhnt was das Zeug hielt, um sowohl uns als auch unsere Jacken und Schuhe wieder zu trocknen. Dabei flog in unserem altersschwachen Zimmer gleich zweimal die Sicherung raus, doch das schockierte mittlerweile niemanden mehr.

    Als es Zeit fürs Abendessen wurde, machten wir uns auf den Weg ein Restaurant zu finden und landeten in einem sehr schicken italienischen Restaurant. Die meisten blieben bei der klassischen Pizza und wir waren alle sehr zufrieden mit unserem ersten Essen in Rom. Anschließend ließen wir den Abend gemütlich zusammen in einem der Hotelzimmer ausklingen und Luca reparierte nebenbei noch das Fenster, nachdem er auch schon zum Heizungsfachmann erklärt worden war.
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  • Day28

    St Peter's Basilica + Cupola

    September 23, 2017 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    The organ was playing in the Basilica during our visit as some visiting clergy were partaking of Mass. The Basilica is awe-inspiring in its scale. A number of colleagues at work had suggested we do the walk up to the Cupola, which we did. Luckily there is a lift to the first level which gives a close up view of the internal ceiling and mosaics of the dome, and then after a lot of twisting and turning on the barely-wide-enough stairs, you pop out at the very top of the dome with 360 degree views of Rome which included a great view over St Peter's Square.Read more

  • Day13

    Rom

    September 11, 2018 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We had already decided before the holiday, not to go by car in the Italian capital. We wanted to avoid this stress. That's why we had booked the apartment outside of Rome and hoped that everything else would be somehow. And then it was really that easy. From Santa Marinella there is a train that goes directly to Stazione San Pietro and from there it is only about 650 m walking distance and we already are standing directly in front of St. Peter's Basilica. A very long line of people is standing in front of the security gate. Karl has to return because of his fax knives. He looks at the hallowed halls of the Catholic Church after Mary returns. Dave and I go up to the dome. Then I lose Dave behind me and come alone at the top. From here I have a fantastic view of St. Peter's Square and Rome. In search of Dave I go the countless and steep steps of the dome a second time and find him again at the entrance to the lift! After that we take a hopon hopoff bus for a city tour and a visit to the colloseum and then we head back to Santa Marinella by train for only € 18.40 for all of us.Read more

  • Day13

    St. Peter's Basilica

    November 13, 2014 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    There is no way to describe the opulent glory of the artwork and the architecture inside St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, so I won't even try. We spent much of the morning in the Vatican Museum, seeing maps, statues, relics and articles from all over the world--ancient and modern. It all found its way to Rome when this city was the spiritual capital of the world. As Glenda was looking up at Bernini's baldachin, she was bumped hard by a woman. Glenda had already taken about all the rudeness she could, so she bumped her back, glared at the woman and said, "Right here! Right now! Let's settle this." The woman ran away.Read more

  • Day20

    Vatican City

    May 3, 2016 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    The day didn’t start as well as we’d hoped. The bus ride into the city was a debacle, but more on that in tomorrow’s post.

    Today’s agenda was the Vatican museum and St Peter’s Basilica. First up was the Vatican museum. We met up with Viv and Kez at the entrance to the museum. Wow. It appears all of Europe had decided to visit the museum the same day. It was packed from wall to wall, so much so that it was uncomfortable.

    We paid extra for audio guides, which turned out to be a complete waste of time because it didn’t line up with the exhibit numbers in the museum. Let’s wing it then. We didn’t know what to expect from the museum. There were lots (I mean LOTS) of sculptures of torsos. Hundreds! Whilst trying to follow the audio guide, we got herded like sheep from room to room, all of which were filled with tour groups with little standing room left.

    Sad to say, we didn’t enjoy this as much as we would, but only because of the crowd. The entire time, we just felt like a molecule of water swishing around in the ocean. This post will not do the museum justice. If you wanted to visit the museum, go really early (and zoom around really quickly before the throngs of tourists come in) or go a couple of hours before closing. I’d hate to think of how much more packed it would be during summer. At least the coffee was cheap.

    Afterwards, we got in a queue to see St Peter’s Basilica. Aaron was not quite as enthusiastic as Flora to be standing in a crowd again but it paid off in the end. We visited the tombs of past popes. The bodies lay in intricate tombs along the crypt corridor. Once we left the crypt, we found ourselves right in the heart of the Basilica, in the middle of a mass. The grandeur of the Basilica winded us. I thought Notre Dame was unbeatable, but I stand corrected.

    St Peter’s Basilica is completely overwhelming. One cannot possibly be unmoved by the beauty and riches inside it. I will leave you to peruse the photos as words cannot do it justice.
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  • Day10

    Vatican Museum

    October 16, 2015 in Vatican City ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    As with the Louvre, the artwork is so beautiful and there is so much of it it's overwhelming. I took so many pictures that it would take forever to post them all here. It's hard to select just a few. There was beauty on every square inch of ceiling, wall and floor.Read more

  • Day24

    Papstaudienz (Fenito)

    September 26, 2018 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Hat insgesamt bis ca. 11:30 Uhr gedauert. Im Anschluss habe ich mir im Vatikan den letzten Pilgerstempel geben und lassen und mir wurde nach einer Prüfung meines Weges das Testimonium (Pilgerurkunde) ausgestellt.

    Mein linkes Schienbein macht mir immer noch Probleme und lange Strecken werde ich heute nicht laufen können. Aber es gibt ja zum Glück noch andere Fortbewegungsmittel.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

San Pietro del Vaticano, St. Peter's Basilica, San Pedro, Basilique Saint-Pierre, Petersdom, Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano, Basilica Sancti Petri, Peterskirken, Peterskyrkja

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