Reflections on Vatican City

A visit to Vatican City means different things to different people. Growing up Catholic, it was interesting to see the center of the faith. For those who appreciate art, it is home to some of the world's most impressive creations, including Michelangelo's works inside the Sistine Chapel. Photos are not allowed inside, so think of pictures you've seen, and imagine the colors even more vivid and lifelike. Not bad for a guy who said he didn't like to paint! We were fortunate to be with a group that had reservations to tour the museum - the line to get inside stretched around the walls that encircle the city and, at times, the wait can be four to five hours! A person could get lost inside St. Peter's Basilica. Everywhere you look, there's another amazing painting or impressive sculpture. A visit to remember.

 

 The Courtyard of the Pinecone inside Vatican Museum 

 Our group listens to our guide in a Vatican courtyard

 Ray checks out one of the old Roman bathtubs on display

 One of many painted rotundas in Vatican Museum

 The Hall of Maps

 The Pope's apartment is in the lighter colored building

 Under the main dome of St. Peter's Basilica

 St. Peter's Basilica

 A closer view of St. Peter's Dome and the statues standing atop the columns surrounding the square.

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