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Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City October 19th 2009

Monday 19th October A day at the home of the Pope - The Vatican After yesterday’s close encounter with the Cardinal at the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore we were ready to see what might happen when we spend a day at the Vatican looking over the RC church’s riches. The day has started out beautifully fine and sunny but rather cool and so we shall go prepared for the temperature to reach perhaps a high in the mid teens.Rain is forecast for where we are heading to the north for later in the week but we shall make good of the continuing dry weather while we can. We are expecting to have to queue for perhaps up to two hours to gain entrance to the Vatican museums and so we didn’t think that trying to ... read more
The first Pope mobile??
The gold Pope carriage
Oh the tapestries

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City August 12th 2009

But Maybe Not Quite As Much As This Place So I mentioned that I was heading to a city that’s a country within a city today. It also happens to be the smallest country in the world at just one square kilometre and was given it’s independence from Rome in the 15th Century (I think???). It has it’s own postal service, currency, newspaper and radio station and has a unique army of Swiss Guards to protect it’s leader. If you need more than one guess as to where I am you should be shot right now!!!! Vatican City is an impressive area to say the least. Surrounded by high stone walls (God knows why they had to build them when they’re in the middle of Rome… sorry for the pun), from the outside it looks more ... read more
Inside The Basilica 9
Fresco
Last Judgement

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City July 27th 2009

After visiting the Vatican museum, we proceeded to visit St. Peter's Basilica, the mother of all churches. St. Peter's Basilica is undoubtedly the greatest Catholic Church on earth, both in size and in significance. It was said the Church built on the site where St. Peter was martyred by the Romans, crucified head down. The church altar contains the bones of St. Peter (so goes the Christian legend). The Church symbolizes the power and legitimacy of the papacy and through which, Popes throughout the centuries wielded hard and soft powers over the temporal and "spiritual" realms. According to the Catholics, the power of St. Peter is derived from Jesus's own words: "And I say to thee: That thou art Peter , and upon this rock I will build my church , and the gates of hell ... read more
In front of St. Peter's Basilica
Stories of Martyrs on the bronze gate
St. Peter's Square

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City July 27th 2009

Disclaimer: The following blog contains discussion of religious and philosophical nature. Viewer's discretion is advised. We all know the saying that Rome was not built in a single day. However, the Christian Church was not built in a single day either. Many martyrs and saints (in the Christian frame of reference) died a horrible death and shed their blood to spread and enhance the faith through the centuries. Therefore it was with a mind of reverence I came to Vatican, where in the legend the first Pope, St. Peter once stood and died for Christ. I came with a mind of reverence, not only because Vatican is the holiest place for the Catholics (I am not a Catholic, however, I was brought up in an Anglican high school. I am self-styled man of faith, not necessarily ... read more
Corridor to the Sistine Chapel
Corridor to the Sistine Chape
Ceiling artwork before Sistine Chapel

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City July 19th 2009

Bon pour nos deux derniere journee a rome...nous avons ete visite le chateau st angelo puis le vatican. Le vatican c est gros gros gros mais j ai ete tres dessus. Point positif on s est paye une visite prive avec un guide. La chapel sistine est over protected et pas extraordinaire si vous voulez mon avis. Content de ne pas avoir attendu 3h pour cela. La basillique est tres belle parcontre super grande. Pour ce qui est du mussee il est bien. Pour la soiree on est aller manger avec bcp de gens de l auberge (client et employer) dans un grand restaurant. Ensuite nous sommes aller boire quelque verres dans different endroit. c etait tres bien. Surprennant le nombre de Irish pub ici...yen a partout. Nick ps depart dans 1h pour rome.... read more
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Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City July 6th 2009

While MTV cribs brings some pretty impressive and often ridiculous homes, perhaps there is no more fitting home in the world under this category than that of Vatican City. Not only is the Roman Catholic Church home the world's largest collection of historical artworks (which proves how lucrative plundering can be under God's name), this 110 acre residence of 800 people is literally its own country. In many ways, the Vatican City is a unique part of the world in both political and social aspects. This country is a true theocracy, in which a Divine Right (leader chosen by God) is the government structure, of course putting the Pope as the leader of the country. This is truly the only nation one could visit in which every single part of the country is recognized as a ... read more
Vatican artwork 7
Another view from St. Peter's
Looking up at the dome of Basilica

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City May 23rd 2009

Ack! i got up at 7:40 but johnny didn't get up til a little late, after i got out of the shower. by the time we were both done getting ready and out the door we hadn't made the bus number 64 to the vatican city in time and as we got over near the stop (which we actually passed, and had to get off and walk back) it was after 9:00, when we were supposed to be there. :o( oh well - instead of doing the basilica at 9 and then the museums at 10:30 we changed the tickets to do the museums at 10:30, have a break, and then do the basilica at 15:00, no biggie. we putzed about for a little bit, walking up and down the street and popping into every ... read more

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City May 5th 2009

The Vatican City. It has it's own post office, police uniform and is technically a separate country to the rest of Italy. Unfortunately we ran out of time to explore St Peter's Basilica, as we waited hours in the line to the Vatican Museum. Probably should have done the former as the most interesting object in the museums was a 4000 year old mummified body of a small pharaoh. You could still see his fingernails and toenails. One of it's eye sockets had a patch over it, where they would have removed his brains from. It was fascinating! Of course there was also the Sistine Chapel, with the famous painted ceiling by Michelangelo, portraying various scenes from the bible such as The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement. Unfortunately it was a bit hard to ... read more
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the new death star!
egyptian mummy

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City April 27th 2009

While Mom and Dad were visiting we took a trip to Rome and Vatican City to have a general audience with the Pope and then tour the Vatican Museums and what not. It was so much fun and I'm not sure I've ever seen my Mom so excited or happy to get to see the Pope live. It was pretty cool. He also spoke Italian, German, French, English, Latin and some Spanish/Portugese/Polish. It was pretty cool. Also seeing the Sistine Chapel was amazing and I never thought I would be able to see that either. It was awesome, smaller than I thought it would be, but still beautiful.... read more
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