Back to the series of 'unpublished' post, here I am sharing photos from last visit to Vatican City State. Do you guys recognize this spiral stairs of the Vatican Museums?
Yes, we were here in Vatican City State and start with the spiral stairs designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932. The Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) are the museums of the Vatican City and are located within the city's boundaries. They display works from the immense collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church throughout the centuries including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. Pope Julius II founded the museums in the early 16th century.
Vatican City State (Stato della Città del Vaticano), is a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome. It has an area of approximately 44 hectares (110 acres), and a population of around 840. This makes Vatican City the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population. Vatican City is an ecclesiastical or sacerdotal-monarchical state, ruled by the Bishop of Rome—the Pope. It is the sovereign territory of the Holy See and the location of the Pope's residence, referred to as the Apostolic Palace. The Popes have generally resided in the area that in 1929 became Vatican City since the return from Avignon in 1377, but have also at times resided in the Quirinal Palace in Rome and elsewhere. Vatican City was established as an independent state in 1929 by the Lateran Treaty.
This Sistine Chapel with its ceiling decorated by Michelangelo and the Stanze della Segnatura decorated by Raphael are on the visitor route through the Vatican Museums. We may not took photos of the interior because flash lights can damage the paintings, but of course my hubby and I were "stealing" snaps without flash...
I got goosebumps from looking at 'The Creation of Adam' by Michelangelo
St. Peter's Basilica is a Late Renaissance designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and remains one of the largest churches in the world. St. Peter's is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites. By Roman Catholic tradition, the basilica is the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and, also according to tradition, the first Bishop of Rome and therefore first in the line of the papal succession. Tradition and some historical evidence hold that Saint Peter's tomb is directly below the altar of the basilica. Remember the Da Vinci Code movie? (or the book?)
Leaving St. Peter towards Ponte Sant'Angelo, the Bridge of Hadrian, is a Roman bridge in Rome, completed in 134 AD by Roman Emperor Hadrian, to span the Tiber, from the city center to his newly constructed mausoleum, now the towering Castel Sant'Angelo.
We love the city and wish to come back very soon!
thank you all for stopping by and read this post...