Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Vatican

Rome was an appropriate place to go after Jerusalem.  After exploring where Christianity began, we got a front-row look at the world's largest church today.

In front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

We weren't able to wrangle an audience with the Pope, but we did get a look at his apartment just off St. Peter's Square (the top right window in the picture below).

Looking up at the obelisk and the Pope's apartment on St. Peter's Square

The Vatican Museums are an incredible collection of Renaissance art including masterpieces by Raphael and Michelangelo.  The Sistine Chapel was beautiful (sorry, no photos allowed) as were some of the old papal apartments that are open to the public.  My favorite:  The School of Athens by Raphael that includes a hidden self-portrait and portraits of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci (that's three ninja turtles in one painting!).

The School of Athens by Raphael in the Vatican


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