October 27, 2009

Vatican… The Holy See!

Posted in English, Places, Reflections at 10:55 pm by Rou...

Since the moment we reached Rome, I had nothing on my mind except the Vatican visit, where I would finally get to see the Raphael rooms and the Sistine Chapel… and when we had our tour on day one in Rome, and passed by the Vatican city from outside, I was about to jump from the bus and run into it…
 
Città del Vaticano; the world’s smallest independent nation and the spiritual center for the world’s Catholics…
 
Hearing a lot about its endless queue, we made sure to be there as early as we could to give ourselves enough time for touring both St. Peter Basilica and the Vatican museums…
 
Entering the Vatican, you are at once hit by the view of the magnificent St Peter’s Basilica and its beautiful Michelangelo-designed dome… walking into the St Peter square you can’t but enjoy the surrounding of semicircular colonnades with an obelisk standing in the centre of the square (as usual)…
 
Standing in a long but fast-moving queue, we finally reached the St. Peter’s Basilica, which is basically one of the largest churches in the world, and where you cannot enter unless properly dressed with no bare knees or shoulders…
 
Inside the church, besides enjoying the beauty of its inner sides, you get to see the Papal Swiss Guard everywhere around you, with their very famous traditional uniforms… Reaching the top of the Basilica, you get to enjoy a lovely view of the surroundings…
 
To reach the Vatican museums, you have to get back to the St. Peter square, move in another direction, stand in an even longer queue, till you finally enter the largest museum complex in the world… what can I say about a place that has over 1400 rooms with such astonishing amount of arts including great Renaissance works, 4 rooms of Raphael works, and the amazing Sistine Chapel…
 
Walking into the four “Stanze di Raffaello” or “Raphael’s rooms”, I couldn’t but remember Camel’s presentation and consequently search for Raphael’s face in every painting… until finally standing infront of his “School of Athens”, taking as many photos as I can to Ibn Rushd at its left side… then completing the tour till finally reaching the Sistine Chapel…
 
I can’t really describe what I felt entering it… I mean… it’s amazingly beautiful… Since you enter and till you leave it, your eyes do not see except beauty all around…
 
Painted in a period a bit more than 4 years, the very famous ceiling looks incredibly awesome from below… as if you’re lying into a painting book… with the central scenes depicting creation and the story of Noah… You get your eyes off the ceiling only to dig into the amazing colors of the Last Judgment decorating the altar wall, and you can’t but wonder what kind of a man was Michelangelo!
 
For my own bad luck and disappointments, photography was not allowed inside the Sistine Chapel, I was only able to take one photo before the guards said it’s not allowed…
 
We finally ended our tour; not wanting to leave actually… then stayed for a while in a lovely terrace with a view on one of the Vatican gardens… then finally leaves the beautiful small holy city… The Vatican… and carry on with the rest of our days in Rome…
 
So, I guess this was the last in this series… I hope I wasn’t very boring… 🙂
 
Rou…
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2 Comments »

  1. nerro said,

    not the tiniest bit, i actually enjoyed it although I was there ya3ni 😀

  2. Rou... said,

    😀


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