Visiting the Vatican In Rome

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Week 117

Day 671

Noli, Italy

44.2061° N, 8.4133° E

Rome may be home to some amazing ruins and plenty of history, but for Tom and I the most important history in Rome is that of our Catholic Faith.

Bring raised Catholic I’ve always wanted to see the Vatican and take in the famous portrayals of the stories we grew up with.

Tom and I took 3 days out of our 5 in Rome to take in the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica.
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I’ve heard many critics of St. Peter’s and the Vatican claim that the church shouldn’t have such an elaborate and rich center.

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Intricate Gold ceilings….

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Contrasted with the most simplistic works of art

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Visiting the Vatican

The Vatican didn’t offend me.  In fact I found the grandness of it all made me feel very small.  I was amazed by all the history condensed into such a small space and I found the exquisite architecture and works of art to be amazing masterpieces worthy of honoring our lord.  Standing in St. Peter’s was a reminder of how I am only a small part of a much bigger picture and a reminder that it’s not about my needs and wishes, but rather how my actions can better improve the whole. I didn’t find anything about Vatican City gaudy, but rather felt it was well thought out and every detail had been carefully designed, down to the gorgeous tile on the floor.

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It was a very humbling experience and I wish I had more time to take it all in.  I found The Sistine Chapel especially amazing.  I could have spent an entire day taking in the colorful paintings depicting the major miracles of Jesus’ life.

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  Have you ever visited Vatican City?  What left a lasting impression to you?

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