I am back with the second post in the series. This post is about the the 2nd day of The Roman Holiday. On the second day of the trip, we decided to visit The State of Vatican City. Many of you would know that the Vatican City, as it is popularly known, is the smallest state in the world, both by area and population. It is also the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and the home of the Pope. Also, the marvellous art and architecture of the place attracts a lot of tourists to the place from across the globe.
The tiny state is surrounded by the city of Rome and is demarcated by a wall. Vatican City offers 3 major attractions which are
- Vatican Museum
- The Sistine Chapel
- St. Peter’s Basilica
Of the above 3 places, photography is completely banned inside the Sistine Chapel and only partially allowed in the St. Peter’s Basilica. And honestly, the insides of the Sistine Chapel are perhaps the most beautiful parts of the Vatican with the entire ceiling of the Sistine Chapel being painted by Michaelangelo himself over a course of 4 years. To say the least, it’s the most marvellous piece of art I have ever seen in my life. Photography is banned inside the 500 year old chapel because flash photography destroys the color pigments which the church has managed to preserve for centuries. Simply spectacular!
However, I do have pictures of the Vatican Museum and the St. Peter’s Basilica as well as the St. Peter’s square to show you. I have a huge photobank out of which I have picked up the choicest few to show you.
Travel Tip: When travelling to Vatican from Rome, take the Line A from Termini and get down at Cipro. Also, if you are a foreigner, I would advise to take up a tour guide to see around the place. The complex is big and it’s hard to cover it up all by yourself, especially with a language barrier. Not many people I encountered spoke English! Also, these guides provide you interesting trivia about the place , people and artefacts that can amp up your history learnings.
Hope you enjoy reading through..
See you soon ..
Update : I searched the internet and found a picture of the front wall of the Sistine Chapel. It shows depiction of The Last Judgement by none other than Michaelangelo himself. Symbols, images, metaphors , the wall is is full of pictures each narrating a story and like I said previously, the most gorgeous piece of Renaissance art one would ever get to see. It also has a self-portrait of Michaelangelo as the man in a skin. One can easily estimate how modest he must have been as a human to paint himself like that. Simply marvellous!