The guide to the Vatican City (Part 2)
The Dome of the basilica, from the top of which you can enjoy Rome in all its splendor, was begun by Michelangelo in the 16th century, but was finished by Giacomo della Porta and Domenico Fontana. It measures 120 meters, so it is one of the highest domes in the world, and is covered with mosaic and supported by pillars with the perimeter of about 70 feet. The entrance in the basilica is decorated by the mosaic floor, a beauty, so no matter how dark it is in, you cannot miss it.
Also, do not miss the bronze statue of St. Peter, which is seriously damaged on the bottom because of the millions of kisses that Christians gave here to have their sins forgiven. Another miracle of the church, labeled as the most photographed location from the inside is the Holy Door (Porta Sancta) which opens every 25 years. Last date for celebrating the passage was new millennium. It is made of bronze and located in the northernmost point of the building.
We believe it would be necessary at least one day and a few articles to really express what the St. Peter’s Basilica is all about, and even some hundreds thick pages of a book would not be enough. Go there, it would be the best advice. The basilica can be visited in the range 7:00 to 7:00 p.m. each day, and the entry is free.
The Vatican Museum is art in miles, so his visit may be overwhelming for some. Considered one of the best museums in the world for his valuable exhibits, the museum captures the modern architecture, the ceilings which are causing eye pain and the spiral stairs to the exit. And that is just about the building. As art, the museum offers 18 collections, so every room, whatever it is, will arouse curiosity. One of the most interesting rooms is the Maps Room, where on a long wall are displayed very old, handmade maps of Italy or other parts of the world. You can see the collection of modern art or old sculptures, which are everywhere, and other extremely valuable artifacts. The entry costs 14 euros and the museum is open to visitors starting at 8:30 in the morning until 18:00.
The Sistine Chapel is part of the Apostolic Palace and is a chapel decorated with frescoes of the great Italian artist, the famous Michelangelo Buonarroti. “The Last Judgment” and ”The Creation of Adam” are the two of the themes presented so well in these paintings. The important role of the chapel is the place to choose the new Pope when the Holy Father in office passes away. Then the College of Cardinals meets and the world whatches this place, waiting anxiously. All you have to do is to keep it quiet, not to take pictures and, most importantly, to enjoy as much of the moments from where you’re inside this special place.
The Necropolis and The Sacred Caves are two places where the most important figures in all Christianity are sleeping forever. In the first level underneath the Basilica of St. Peter are the Grottoes, the final resting place of all the Popes who headed the Vatican. Under the Grote is the Necropolis, which houses a large number of sacred tombs, including that of St. Peter. The place is not recommended for the ones suffering from claustrophobia. If you want a tour of these two objectives, ask for “Scavi” and empower yourself with patience, but not before making a reservation writing to email@example.com, at least 90 days before visit itself. It’s worth every minute queued!
The Vatican Gardens are brightly colored in green and are the perfect place to end a visit to any of the above objectives. Calm yourself on one of the pieces of grass and contemplate life on the seen in the Vatican.
Do not forget to pass on the Apostolic Palace and headquarters of the most listened to radio in the world, Radio Vatican. The imposing buildings will get you successful photos.
From the Vatican you will leave with many opinions, but most will certainly be positive. Another world arising within the city walls of this place. A mystical world that is revealed entirely, step by step and mysteriously. No need for access to The Secret Archives to see the revelation that the Vatican may offer. All you need is an open mind for an unforgettable experience!
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