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Mom and I arrived at our hotel in Rome this evening, we are catching a quick rest before heading out to meet Fr. Greg for dinner! (As per the Mannys request we will post our food along with the sites and highlights:) We shared a margarita pizza and some wine. Then Fr. Greg took us over to St. Peter's Square. WOW, it is truly impressive! We are …
... is buried here. The hole in the top of the dome called the eye means when it rains, snows etc it comes in & drains away through the ancient drain system. Back in ancient times when pilgrims were all pretty much illiterate they knew which God to pray too as it was the one that was light up by the sun. The gods were in alcoves & pantheon designed so sun would shine into the church & on a different God depending on the time of day & season. I liked imagining ...
... in the background only added to the experience.
Later, first via lift and then 320 stairs
we reached the dome of the Basilica for
spectacular views over Rome. The morning
was clear and we were rewarded with a terrific vista. Monuments which we had visited and seen at
ground level took on a whole new perspective, especially Victor Emmanuel 11’s
memorial standing out, so huge and white against the rest of the ...
... which had a large majestic building which held the tomb of the unknown soldier in it. After a few snaps of this building we made our way to find some food for dinner and then to take some night time photos of the Trevi fountain and the Spanish steps all lit up. Hannah was dismayed at how little the Spanish steps are lit up, but the Trevi Fountain more than made up for her disappointment. So we then caught the metro back to our a accomodation and had a good sleep.
... br> The chapel is surprisingly dark, and packed, and is completely covered in works of art.
You've all seen the photos and documentaries so you get the picture.
I personally was a bit underwhelmed by the chapel, smaller than I expected, and all a bit distant and impersonal. Too many people, too many guards telling everyone to put their camera's away and be quiet. SILENCIO!
Down another corridor, and into the Basilica.