Friday, September 5, 2008

More of Roma....

We went to the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s church. The Vatican museum was very extensive and housed numerous sculptures, paintings, tapestries, sarcophagi, and other various forms of ancient art. All were incredibly gorgeous and amazed me by their perfection despite the lack of technology. Michelangelo’s paintings in the Sistine chapel were amazing! It took him four years to paint the enormous ceiling. He was originally going to paint each of the apostles, but then decided to paint “man’s salvation” so that others would be able to understand the gospel since not everyone had access to it. Then we ended our morning by visiting St. Peter’s church, and we were able to see the pope finish a lecture there. The national cathedral in Washington is awe inspiring, but does not compare to the massiveness of St. Peter’s church. Within this church, is a really famous statue of what I think is Mary holding a dying Jesus (to be honest I don’t know the name of it), and I wondered why there was a huge glass screen in front of it. Apparently a crazy man snuck in a hammer and chipped off a couple of fingers!

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