Vatican City Things to Do

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Vatican City Things to Do

  • The Cupola of St Peter's Basilica

    Vatican City Things to Do

    You know, some hours after Benedictus XVI announcement to retire, lightning hit the dome and we have all seen these magnificent photos of the event. The same happens occasionally, I was not so lucky (no rain at all) to catch similar. You and me, we both can decide if it was only an random event or was if done to celebrate this holy announcement....

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  • The Sistine Chapel

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    The Sistine Chapel is a carpet of heads, all with noses facing up. For two reasons it's a marvel of physics: First, you don't walk on the carpet, but inside it; second, the collection of hundred of silences becomes a sort of thunder sometimes called "a rumour". And don't worry about getting lost in the carpet, or finding a way out - the carpet...

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  • St. Peters Square ( Piazza San Pietro)

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    The Obelisk was brought from Egypt under the reign of Caligula for use in his circus in 37 BC. It was there that St Peter was killed. The Obelisk is 25 meters high and was moved to its present location in 1586. It is said that moving the Obelisk took 4 months. I found it particularly interesting that there are so many Egyptian obelisks in Rome. It...

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  • St. Peter's Basilica

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    Close to the entrance of St. Peter's Basilica, almost immediately on your right, you'll see the statue of the Pietà by Michelangelo. Unfortunately, it stands behind an immense glass screen, so you will not be able to get within close distance.

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  • Vatican Museum

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    I have to say that I did feel a little let down by my visit to the Vatican Museum. Perhaps I should say that some of the Museum rooms were excellent others were not so good. I did enjoy the ethnographic rooms, the stamp and coin exhibitions and some of the ad hoc rooms around the complex. Sadly the staff were not friendly and they did not appear...

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  • The Pope/Sunday Service

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    Wednesdays are the Pope's audience day, and if you are lucky enough (like me) you might get to see him during one of those days when he appears in public at St Peter's Square. I did get a very good vantage point near the fountain, and what is amazing is not seeing the Pope himself (I'm not Catholic), but the reaction from his "flock." I was...

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  • Sacred Grottoes

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    After visiting the Basilica don't miss the chance to visit the Grottoes where are the tombs of the Popes. Entrance is free of charge and although I had read in my guidebook that the minimum age to enter is 10 or 11 years old, there was nobody guarding the entrance, so, on we went, although our son isn't that old yet. Neverthless, we were...

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  • Vatican Gardens

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    The Vatican Gardens are urban gardens and parks which cover more than half of the Vatican territory in the South and Northeast. There are some buildings such as Radio Vatican within the gardens. The gardens cover approximately 23 hectares (57 acres) which is most of the Vatican Hill. The highest point is 60 metres (200 ft) above mean sea level....

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  • History

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    The Basilica is named after St Peter, who was martyred in Rome in 67 AD. He was one of the two main disciples of Jesus Christ (the other being St Paul) Simon Peter, his real name, was a fisherman from Galilee. In the gospel of Matthew Jesus says of Peter-On this rock (petra in Greek) I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail...

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Vatican City is the capital of a functioning country as well as the home to several hundred people, including the Pope. Just as you can't wander at will through the halls of Buckingham Palace or...

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