But Be Sure to Look Up, and Down, and All Around
For those of you who have never been to Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel this is first and foremost a post for you.
Transitioning from Croatia to Spain can take many forms. I decided that we should visit the city of Rome for a week since my husband Mike had never been here before. What I really wanted was to share some of my favorite places with him and Vatican City was at the top of this list. I had to prepare him however. I explained that one just doesn’t open the door to the Sistine Chapel and enter it; no; it takes time and patience and walking, lots and lots of walking to get to see some of the most famous works of art done by Italian master Michelangelo. You must go up and down stairs to visit gallery after gallery of artwork. You walk on floors covered in mosaics. You walk in halls covered in tapestries and view ceilings covered in paintings and reliefs. You glide past windows with carved wood work and you see statues and monuments and other priceless works of art in glass cases. You wonder that so much beauty can be housed in one location and the more you walk the more overwhelmed you become. It is pointless to try and caution someone about what lies ahead; it is overwhelming no matter how much you prepare.
After walking for almost three hours (two for the Sistine Chapel and one for St. Peter’s itself) my husband let out a long breath and said that which I knew; “it’s grandiose on a scale I’ve never experienced before.” He is still processing all that he saw.
I have therefore created a movie slideshow of some of the sights one will see on your way to the Sistine Chapel and some of the highlights of St. Peter’s Basilica; truly one of the most spectacular symbols of Catholicism one will ever visit. Photos inside the Sistine Chapel are no longer allowed so sadly those are not part of my presentation.
For those of you who have been to the Holy See hopefully the video will be a nice reminder of your visit and bring back some great memories. Enjoy.