Pictures from Rome Part 3: Vatican City

Vatican Museums

St. Peter's Basilica seen from the Museum

Over the centuries, the buildings now housing the Vatican Museums have been torn down, rebuilt and remodeled over and over again, sometimes in different architectural styles or with different building materials, thus creating buildings such as these that look like a bit foreign in their surroundings; almost like afterthought.

Vatican Buildings (3)

Vatican Buildings (2)

Having been in Paris last year, I must say that the inside of these buildings feels very similar to the palace in Versailles. Essentially they are ways for their respective inhabitants to show off their power to others. The Gallery of Maps.

Vatican Gallery of Maps

St. Peter’s Basilica

I was lucky to get into St. Peter’s Basilica, because on my way there I overheard several people talking about how it was currently closed. Our tour-guide, however, told us that sometimes between 1pm and 2pm the small door in the far right corner of the Sistine Chapel will be opened, giving direct access to the basilica.

St. Peter Looking Up

St. Peter Altar

St. Peter View from Top

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