Vatican City
Sistine Chapel

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  • Day187

    Birthday child.

    July 29 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Today it's my daughter's birthday.
    And it is a promising day.
    Although we started with a ly-in and a easy breakfast, we were in the city of Rome around 10.00.
    And already choking hot. The plan was to go and see if we could visit the Colloseum.
    We got out of the train at the Roma Ostiense, and took a walk. Had a glimpse of the Therme di Caracalla, and the San Saba neighbourhood. At the Circus Maxima, we took the right turn to the Colloseum.
    We cancelled our visit, the heat and the thought of standing in the burning sun was not appealing.
    We skipped that dance.
    Turned around and I had a nice idea of visiting a secret.. but as we passed a nice coffee bar, we could not resist. Coffee for me, a orange juice for the lady. And of course a brownie with cream.
    It's a birthday!
    After this rest, we could feel our feet and legs. The 20km of yesterday are not worn of by the night.
    We arrived at the secret, well known to everyone.. but. It was closed. The cleaner who was working there let us in anyway. Maybe he could see we were in despair..

    The mouth of truth; Bocca Della Verità.
    It's situated at the entrance of a church, and as we were true tourists, we took a peek at it also.
    What a gems this city hides.
    We also wanted to see Isola Tiberina and so walked over Ponte Fabricio.
    As we had an appointment with the Pope's treasures at 17.00h, we walked into the direction of the Vatican city.
    But humans need food to go on. So stopped at a nice restaurant for lunch. It turned out to be spaghetti.
    We arrived at the appointment a small hour early. So we sat down on the stairs of Via de Tunis, I had a little nap, and Nika fed the pidgeons. Made a whatsapp call to Renata, and as we were showing her the neighbourhood, it was time for the Musei Vaticani.
    Maybe we did not plan this very well, as it was HUGE!.. What a rich collection of all you could want to see. It is truly a place full treasures. And all in almost perfect condition. We did not see all. We did not have time.
    And in a way.. I came for the Sixtine Chapel.
    So in a way, we ooh't and ahh't through the never ending hallways into the direction of our goal.
    Was it a disappointment? No. I think you have to see this. Once in your life. But take your time to see the other art. Maybe those are even more important or rare than the work of Michelangelo.
    Sadly in the Chapel there was a bunch of copyright policeman, so don't try to take pictures.
    Out into the field, have a rest and a coffee, we left. Tired and satisfied.
    On the end of our day, we took the time for an big tasty ice cream. As diner!
    Train, walk, shower..sleep.
    Tomorrow (today) we leave for the city of Grosseto. Half way up to Pisa.
    But the heat.. It's almost unbearable..
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  • Day21

    Sistine Chapel.

    October 7, 2019 in Vatican City ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Totally blown away by the Sistine Chapel. No pics as copyrighted but visit this spot. Will change your life.
    Michelangelo did not want to paint it. He spent 7 months saying no to the Pope before agreeing and he was paid $500,000. He took 4 years to paint it.
    He came back 20 years later to paint the Last Judgment which is spectacular. It's also where they hold Conclave for the appointment of a new pope. The 2 ancient stoves are removed unless conclave and the chimneys are removed. The pics are from the Vatican museum.
    Now off into St Peter's Basilica.
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  • Day51

    Vaticano di Roma

    August 12, 2019 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 36 °C

    Viel laufen, viele Eindrücke, viele Menschen und Nationen. 🤗
    Und natürlich der schöne Petersdom und die Sixtinische Kapelle..


    Der Vatikanstaat, Nachfolger des tausendjährigen mächtigen Kirchenstaates, ist seit seiner Gründung im Jahr 1929 ein selbständiger Staat und das spirituelle Zentrum der römisch-katholischen Kirche. Der offizieller Name ist "Stato della Città del Vaticano" (Staat der Vatikanstadt).

    Die Vatikanstadt ist eine Enklave innerhalb des Stadtgebiets von Rom mit einer Fläche von 0,44 km2. (maximale Ausdehnung Nord-Süd: 450 m, Ost-West: 550 m) Sie liegt auf der rechten Tiberseite Roms und ist zum großen Teil von einer Stadtmauer umgeben. Zur Vatikanstadt gehören der Petersdom, der Petersplatz, die Vatikanischen Museen, sowie andere Paläste und Gärten innerhalb der Mauern.

    In der Vatikanstadt leben etwa 850 Personen, davon haben etwa 570 die vatikanische Staatsangehörigkeit (Kardinäle und Prälaten, die im Vatikan wohnen oder wichtige Funktionen bekleiden, die diplomatischen Vertreter des Vatikans im Ausland und ca. 50 Laien). 

    Der Vatikan hat ca. 3.000 Beschäftigte, die jedoch überwiegend nicht auf seinem Gebiet wohnen und auch nicht seine Staatsangehörigkeit besitzen. Alle Beschäftigten sind zu absoluter Dienstverschwiegenheit verpflichtet. Wer hier arbeiten möchte, muss katholisch sein und vor zwei Priestern schwören, Schweigen über seine Tätigkeit zu bewahren.

    Der Nationalfeiertag des Vatikans ist immer der Tag, an dem der jeweilige Papst gewählt wurde. Im Moment ist es also der 13. März, der Tag der Wahl von Papst Franziskus.

    Das Staatsoberhaupt ist der Papst, gegenwärtig also der aus Argentinien stammende Papst Franziskus (bürgerlicher Name:Jorge Mario Bergoglio), geboren am 17. Dezember 1936 in Buenos Aires.

    Die Staatsform ist eine absolute Wahlmonarchie. Das Staatsoberhaupt (der Papst) wird von der Konklave, der Versammlung der Kardinäle der römisch-katholischen Kirche, gewählt. Danach ist er auf Lebenszeit (oder bis zu seinem Rücktritt) der absolute Herrscher des Staates.

    Die Armee (besser gesagt die Hauspolizei) des Vatikans ist seit 1506 die Schweizergarde. Im 15. und 16. Jahrhundert galten die Schweizer Söldner als die zuverlässigsten und tapfersten Soldaten Europas. Die Schweizergarde hat heute einen Bestand von 110 Mann, davon sind 32 Offiziere und Unteroffiziere und 78 Gardisten, die alle die Schweizer Staatsangehörigkeit besitzen müssen und zur Einhaltung des Zölibats verpflichtet sind. Die offiziellen Sprachen (Kommandosprachen) der Schweizergarde sind Deutsch und Italienisch. Außerdem gibt es noch die Päpstliche Gendarmerie und das Aufsichtspersonal für Kirchen und Museen.

    Die offizielle Währung der Vatikanstadt ist der Euro. Der Vatikan hat das Recht, eigene Euromünzen zu prägen, die aber kaum in den freien Umlauf gelangen, sondern meist nur zu hohen Sammlerpreisen in Fachgeschäften (oder im Internet) zu bekommen sind. Auf der länderspezifischen Rückseite der Euromünzen ist das Portrait des jeweiligen Papstes zu sehen. Nach jeder Papstwahl werden also neue Euromünzen geprägt.

    Das Vermögen des Vatikans an Immobilien, in New York gelagertem Gold und Aktien wird auf etwa 10 Milliarden Euro geschätzt. Zum Vermögen des Vatikans gehören auch die Kunstschätze, die die Päpste in Jahrhunderten angesammelt haben, die z.T. in den Vatikanischen Museen ausgestellt werden, und die von unschätzbarem Wert sind.
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  • Day2

    Vatican City, Italy

    October 3, 2017 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    What a bustling place Rome is, the tourists don’t seem to mind waiting in the mile long queues at all the popular sites. Thankfully we decided to do the Hop on Hop off bus with a skip the line guided tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica. The guide, an Art Historian, was brilliant. We walked through the Vatican Museum and Papal Apartments of Pope Julius II at a slow walk with the guide commenting as we went, there were so many people crammed inside you often got caught up in another group or lost altogether except for the sound of her voice in your earpiece. It was a very full-on 3 hour tour.
    The Vatican City has only 230 residents and in an area of 44 hectares. During Pope Julius II time he commissioned the painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo and various rooms in the Vatican by Raphael and this is what we viewed today. The artwork and details just blow you away. The fresco art lasts so long as it is painted fresh when the mortar is still damp, that way the colour becomes part of the mortar. We had a talk about the Sistine Chapel before entry as there is supposed to be silence and no photography. Quite amusing to watch the sneaky photos being taken and when the hum from the floor becomes too much you hear over the loudspeaker SILENCE, the voice sounded just like Dumbledore from Harry Potter. We then were taken to the Basilica, what an amazing place, everything is enormous, the Papal Canopy and altar stunning. What a wonderful day. We finished this off with gelato and Fritto and Pasta for dinner.
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  • Day87

    Vatican City: Popes and Priests

    October 24, 2017 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    The day before visiting the Vatican City we attempted to make our way to see the Pope, but after the ordeal of taking two trains and a bus overflowing with people, a perfect playground for a frotteurist, we decided to abort the trip – probably not something that would be condoned by the papacy. We quickly withdrew upon seeing the lines waiting outside the Vatican Museums and the hordes of ticket scalpers harassing us as we weaved our way to the end of the queue. Again, we're fairly sure the withdrawal method, while apparently a popular technique, wouldn't be supported by the Holy See.

    The following day, it was take two, with a slight variation on a theme. Once again the trains and buses were crammed with people. This time the platform at the metro was so packed that people were in such close proximity that normally people get to know one another first or at least buy a drink before getting into these positions. Not to mention that the health and safety department in Australia would have gone into overdrive if they had witnessed the events of people getting crushed by the closing train doors. After missing two packed trains, we eventually made it onto a train headed for the Vatican City.

    We finally arrived in the Vatican City and were confronted with the queue for Saint Peter's Basilica. The line trailed around the entire square and, after an hour and a half, we made it inside. People filled the room gawking at the opulence on display. Crowds were lined up to file past the statue of Saint Peter and rub his feet. Perhaps they have a foot fetish!

    The Vatican City was swarming with tour groups blocking the paths and generally imposing themselves on everyone else. Tour groups are the modern phalanx, warriors who are the frontline mowing down everything in their path. Fortunately this breed of tourist is only interested in ticking off sites listed in their Lonely Planet guide (tick-box tourists) and we were able to find some respite in some of the less popular museums. The reprieve from the tour groups was only short-lived as we braved the Sistine Chapel. Like herding cattle, we were ushered into the chapel to witness the work of Michelangelo. While we could appreciate the workmanship of the great artist, we were left underwhelmed, unlike the jaw-dropping statue of David.

    The Vatican City is comparable to Disneyland in way ways, with its merchandising, commercialism and long queues. The only difference is that the rides are basilicas and museums and there are no fast passes to skip the insane lines. Shops surrounding the city-state selling icons of saints reek of iconolatry, but all you need to do is confess, pay an indulgence and you will be granted absolution.

    Next stop: Ostia Antica
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  • Day6

    Capella Sistina

    May 31, 2017 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    There are no words. Absolutely stunning.

    On the ceiling and walls of the chapel are the beautiful works of Michealangelo that took 4 years to complete (1508-1512). This is arguably one of mankind's greatest artistic achievements, depicting various scenes from the Christian bible.

    Today, the Sistine chapel is the site of the Papal conclave (where the new Pope is selected).

    Fun fact: Michealangelo allegedly preferred sculpting over painting, and had to be coerced by Pope Julius II with a lucrative commission of sculpting 40 massive figures for the Pope's tomb in return for taking on the Sistine chapel.

    🌍🛫📝: Rick Steves
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  • Day348

    Day 349: Filming in Rome

    January 29, 2018 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Although I generally don't do videos about sites I've already visited, I decided to make an exception for Rome since it's such a noteworthy one. Basically the entire city is part of the listing, and there's just an impossible amount of ground to cover, so I decided we'd focus in on the ancient Roman parts of the listing.

    So we headed out fairly early, sans Schnitzel, and caught the metro then bus to the Colosseum. Fairly crowded here, and people constantly trying to sell you tickets, guided tours and skip the line passes. And of course the usual assortment of people selling selfie sticks and garbage trinkets. But we ignored all that and headed into the Colosseum via the slow line. Shandos hadn't been inside before, though I had, and we did some filming around here. Lots of people again which surprised me given how quiet other parts of Italy were.

    Done with the Colosseum, we decided to grab an early lunch nearby of a couple of paninis. After this we headed into the Roman Forum, the large area of ruins in the centre of town. This was where the old centre of town was located, full of important monuments, buildings, temples, triumphal arches and so on.

    We spent most of the afternoon here, probably around 3.5 hours just exploring and filming. Once you include the Palatine Hill area (which rich citizens and later the Imperial palace was located), there's a huge amount to see. Quite warm in the sun, making me wish I hadn't worn my puffer jacket!

    Eventually finished and headed across the road to Trajan's forum, which was an expansion but also a separate Forum built in the second century AD, when the original forum was basically full. Remember that everything happened here - markets, trading, law courts, political debates, trials, voting, religious rituals. It's difficult to really comprehend how important the Forum was to Roman life since there isn't an easy analogy for us.

    Also spent some time checking out Trajan's column - a large column made of stone that tells the story of emperor Trajan's war against Dacia (in modern day Romania). It's a series of scenes told like a comic book, slowly winding their way up the pillar - very propaganda heavy, but one of the only primary sources we have for the war which is quite interesting.

    Last stop for the day was the Pantheon, probably the most remarkable building of the ancient world. It was built during the reign of Augustus (first decades AD), before collapsing in a fire and being rebuilt by Hadrian a century or so later. It's the oldest domed structure in the world, and still the largest structure built by unreinforced concrete. 43 metres high, and the square interior is also 43m x 43m. Also inside are the tombs of Raphael, Victor Emmanuel II (first king of Italy), and Umberto I (second king of Italy). All up a fascinating building, and I find it amazing that the dome still holds. Even other ancient domes like the Hagia Sofia have collapsed at various points (the current one dates from around 1300 and is the third attempt).

    At this point we called it a day for filming. Shandos wanted to do a bit of shopping for her niece's birthday - I couldn't think of anything worse, so I headed west. The last thing I wanted to see was Castel Sant Angelo, just across the Tiber and adjacent to the Vatican since I'd never seen it before, and since I was so close I decided to walk over and have another look at St Peter's. Just took a couple of photos in the square, rather than go inside again since I've been inside a few times now.

    Headed home via the underground and then the tram - super crowded the entire way since it was now peak hour and getting dark. Schnitzel super happy to see me since he'd been alone all day, poor little guy. Snacked on some leftover pizza before we headed out for our aperitif, then just had some supermarket bits for dinner - meat, cheese, olives and arancini. Completely exhausted - 25,000 steps today!
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  • Day21

    Vatican City

    June 7, 2016 in Vatican City ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    Vatican City is it's own country, the smallest in the world, and entirely within the city of Rome! I have a separate entry to add it to the country count. The country itself has only about 850 residents and they all work at the Vatican - essentially Catholic clergy or Swiss Guards.

    The rest of the Vatican comets are in the Rome posting.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Sistine Chapel, Sixtinische Kapelle, Chapelle Sixtine, Cappella Sistina, システィーナ礼拝堂, Capella Sixtina, 西斯廷小堂

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