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Such an eye-opener: Vatican City

We spent an entire morning in Vatican City, which is also a mere 3-4 hours. I spent most of the time looking up at the intricately designed ceilings, trying to capture everything on my camera, and trying to keep up with the group while squeezing through the disgusting crowds.

I say disgusting, because it was really REALLY crowded, and the entire Vatican Museum was swarming with people, and cameras, and selfie sticks. And omg it made it really hard to stop and appreciate the art around us. As you scroll down, you’ll understand why most of the pictures I selected are those of the ceiling. The crowd was just…too much.

We were taken on a walking tour throughout the museum right to St Peter’s Square, where we eventually made our exit out of Vatican City. Our lovely guide provided with a walky-talky sort of device, by which she could just speak to her microphone, and we could all hear her through our own earphones so long as we were within close proximity. And so evidently, whenever her voice gets a little shaky and broken up, I’d know that I’m straying too far from the group hahaha.

 

Vatican Museum

Everything was beautiful and amazing to see with your own eyes.

Although yes the crowd did take some of the magic out of the experience, but everything from the tapestry, the paintings, sculptures to the architecture of the entire place, did not fail to amaze me.

Everything was so detailed, I can only imagine the years it took to finish each piece of art. I think what amazed me the most were the ceilings.

Not sure how many buildings today really care about how their ceiling looks like, other than having it clean white and using them to hold aircon units and lights. Every inch of the ceiling was filled with either paintings or carvings, which made it so incredible. Also because no one can block me from getting a photo of the ceiling, I found it the best and easiest to photograph 🙂 pfft.

We also visited the Sistine Chapel, which is famous for all the paintings on the ceiling done by Michelangelo. Our guide very patiently explained every section of the painting to us, and thanks to 4 years of education in a church kindergarten, I could follow better haha. But I think because I know little about the stories in the bible and Christianity in general, I think I probably wouldn’t have appreciated the masterpieces as well.

how to behave in the sistine chapel:

No photography was allowed in the Sistine Chapel, to prevent damage done to the paintings, which have been there since the 1500s. You also have to be in church dressing in order to enter the chapel, although no one really checked.

Your shoulders and knees should be covered, as a show of respect when stepping into a holy place. Although it was still quite crowded in the Sistine Chapel, there were guards who tried to maintain the silence of the place as it is still a chapel.

Everyone just stood around in silence, taking in everything around us, and also enjoying the aircon (LOL it was a hot summer’s day).

St Peter’s Basilica

With all due respect, that looks pretty creepy, don’t you think?!
But nothing beats the Capuchin Crypt.

I tried researching and Googling but I concluded that I can’t really determine which respected Pope is in the glass coffin in the above picture. If you do know you may let me know! There are so many respected Popes since centuries ago and I can’t keep up. I still found the glass coffin and statue quite creepy, but the details with the facial features and the hands are so well done though.

I was in awe at the sheer size of the St Peter’s Basilica as we stepped in. All of the vocabulary I have to describe it is: Majestic, magnificent and breathtaking. I don’t think we had the time to really explore every corner of the place, but St Peter’s Basilica was really majestic, it was hugeeeee.

Everything looked incredible, the design of the place, the dome in the centre, and paintings, statues, walls, ceilings, floors etc. Everything looked so beautiful. As usual, it was also swarmed with people, but much more spacious to walk around. I tried to do the place justice with the pictures, but really, the best way is to go see it for yourself!

Being greeted with this view as you step out of St Peter’s Basilica:

St Peter’s Square

You get an amazing view of St Peter’s Basilica from St Peter’s Square, everything looked so incredible and majestic (I cannot stop using that word). I couldn’t stop snapping at what I was looking at. The entire square looked like a masterpiece. It’s a pity we didn’t get to walk around the square more, because we had to move on to the next part of the day tour.

The Vatican City is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and also the home to the Pope, located within Rome, Italy.

But regardless of whether you are religious or not, do visit the Vatican City! It is amazing and a feast for the eyes because of the incredible art and architecture it has to offer. Trust me when I say you don’t have to be religious to appreciate the place, because I’m not religious at all.

Still, Vatican City left me in awe :’)

 

 

With love,
jtwong


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