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Vatican City – Audience with Pope Francis

We woke up early Wednesday morning (about 5:30) so we could get to St. Peter’s Piazza for the General Audience with Pope Francis.  After a quick breakfast, we headed out into the cool, sunny morning.  It was a great day to wait for the pope. We approached the colonnade at the edge of the piazza, the lines were already forming.  We had to get through […]

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Rome – St. Peter’s Basilica Interior

During Nero’s great Christian persecution in 64 A.D., Saint Peter was martyred, crucified, and buried in Caligula’s Circus.  After Constantine’s Edict of Milan (313 A.D.) Christians were allowed to construct places of worship. Constantine himself authorized the building of the Basilica of Saint Peter in 324. It was intended to enclose Peter’s tomb, the center of the structure.   When the Popes abandoned Rome during […]

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Rome – Vatican Museums – Ceilings

The Vatican museums contain an amazing collection of some of the most beautiful art in the world.  However, the museums themselves are also outstanding works of art.  This post will focus on the ceilings of the museums.  I don’t have descriptions for most of the photos, but enjoy the beauty. These next images are from the Gallery of the Maps, a corridor 400 feet long. Imagine […]

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Rome – Vatican Museums – Statues

The Vatican Museums originated as a group of sculptures collected by Pope Julius II (1503-1513). The popes were among the first sovereigns who opened the art collections of their palaces to the public thus promoting knowledge of art history and culture. As seen today, the Vatican Museums are a complex of different pontifical museums and galleries that began under the patronage of the popes Clement […]

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Rome – St Peters and Vatican City Area

Although the Colosseum and Piazza Navona are two of the favorite tourist attractions in Rome, the Basilica of St. Peter and Vatican City are the main focus for pilgrims such our group.  We were very fortunate that our hotel, the Hotel Columbus, was right on Via della Conciliazione just a couple block from St. Peter’s.    At the center of the piazza stands an Egyptian […]

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