another marvel of Rome
Take it or leave it but "until you have seen the Sistine Chapel, you can have no adequate conception of what man is capable of accomplishing," at least that is what Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said in Italian Journey.
The Catholics sure know how to do things right when it comes to building a church and the art of interior design. The Vatican was a place to behold, all 110 acres of it. The sheer amount of different things going on in the Vatican, things to see and try and understand, is far too much to comprehend over years -- let alone a day. I guess I am stuck without words to describe the Vatican museum and St. Peter's Basilica (maybe von Goeth did it for me). I will just show some pictures, the thing is, my pictures don't do the place justice (you aren't allowed to photograph inside the Sistine Chapel, sorry for that). Michelangelo and his nemisis Rafael are a pair of geniuses.
St. Peter's Basilica
...and the inside, it is the biggest church in the world.
Michelangelo's Pieta, a masterpiece
A cool painting on the way to the Sistine Chapel
The "map room" right before you enter the Sistine Chapel
The Rock himself, St. Peter