When I was 18, I spent a week in Rome for my birthday. The second day I went to the home of the Pope, Vatican City. I’m glad I got there early because the line to enter Saint Peter’s Basilica was already long. But while I was waiting I could enjoy Bernini’s beautiful architecture.
The interior was overwhelming. For me personally it was too much. Full of ornaments, gold, statues, paintings, and all of this is a gigantic church. Don’t get me wrong, it is impressive, but in my personal taste, too much. I like the outside way more. It ‘s impressive yet it has a sort of sober style.
After my visit to the Basilica, I went to the Vatican Museums, also here, you have to wait very long before you can enter, but I can assure you it is worth it!
For some odd reason, I don’t have a picture of the Sistine Chapel! Weird but well, the ceiling is lovely, after leaving you will have pain in your neck though :P. I also stopped by the tapestry art. Did you know Brussels was one of the centers of tapestry workshops in Europe in the late Middle Ages ? I got a bit disappointed to see that the tapestry coming from Brussels was labeled ‘Netherlands’, back then we belonged to the Netherlands indeed, but my Belgian pride wants it say Belgium.
That same year Bernini, Caravaggio, and the tapestry art were a major topic in my art history class. I found it great to see these things I’ve learned about in class.
Nearby is Castel Sant’ Angelo, where the Popes could run to in times of need.
Have you been to the Vatican already? What was your experience?