Thursday, May 21, 2009

The View From the Top

Today we visited St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican City. It was absolutely stunning. The church was so big and every inch was covered in beautiful artwork. I did not know how much there was to see in the basilica but there was the dome, designed by Michelangelo, the Pieta also by Michelangelo, the throne of St. Peter, and the Baldacchino by Bernini.

After we visited the Basilica, we tried to visit the Vatican Museum but it was closed because today was Ascension Thursday- the 40th day after Easter Sunday, marking Jesus's ascension into Heaven. So instead, we climbed the many stairs to the top of the St. Peter's dome.

Half way up, you could look down into the basilica and we got to oversee the ongoing mass in celebration of the holy say. The stairs were a little bit scary, very cramped, and a little smelly, but the view at the top was worth the climb. You could see the entire Piazza San Pietro, the Vatican gardens, and most of the city. It was absolutely amazing.

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