© 2011 Aaron God giving life to Adam - from the ceiling at the Sistine Chapel

Vatican City

Today, we toured much of Vatican City, including the museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Once again, our brains were saturated with works of art and architecture by Michelangelo, Raphael and other Renaissance artists. Immersed in the large number and scope of works, one learns that art was truly a business at that time, with projects lasting several years (eg: the Sistine Chapel).

The Vatican is, at once, impressive and gaudy. As Lutheran Christians, we were also taken aback by the central presence of Mary and the Pope in paintings, chapels and religious artifacts. The Sistine Chapel was a refreshing change of pace, with God in the center giving life to Adam as he gives life to all of us through His Son.

We rode a lift half way up to the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, then walked another 300+ stairs to the top where we were pleasantly surprised by the view of Rome on a clear, sunny day.

On our way back to our hotel, we found ourselves in the middle of a terrorist threat in the Metro train system. We were quickly ushered out of the subway by firemen, then saw the fire and police personel flooding the station.

So, we walked many blocks back to the hotel – a pleasant stroll after a day of muscling as politely as possible through hoards of tourists (like ourselves).

Tomorrow we say goodbye to Rome, then move north to Venice.

I’m rather sick as I’ve caught whatever is floating around Rome at the moment (lots of tight train rides and spaces with thousands of people). Hopefully the illness will be a quick one.

Comments

  1. Jenni Neve
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 6:07 am | #

    What an amazing trip! The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is beautiful, and I love the wood inlays. The deification of Mary is rather disturbing. The view from the top of St. Peter’s is aMAZing! Luke and I went to the top of St. Paul’s in London and had to go up many, many steps (including a scary metal spiral staircase of which I have a mortal fear) but the view from the top was well worth it. Oh, and my first though when I saw photo 10 was “Oh no! Someone destroyed a statue!”

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