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... in ruins for the same reason as the Colosseum it too was fascinating to imagine the roman people congregating where we were standing. On the grounds is the smallest Catholic Church within the city limits. It is in relatively good condition and still has the original bronze doors and key that sill works (the key is kept at the Vatican museum). When you touch the doors you are touching more than 2,000 years of history!!!
... St. Callixtus Catacombs. We couldn't take pictures inside the catacombs, but they were fascinating. There were both burial areas, which were used by early Christians, and underground tombs for holding Roman ashes and later where they buried their dead. The structures are very well-preserved, as they are underground and not exposed to the elements. After our visit to ...
... Chapel when a new Pope is appointed, the balcony where he appears once appointed, the window where he appears once a week to bless the masses when in residence, the platform where mass is said each Wednesday and Sunday. An enormous area - puts in perspective the scenes that you see of masses of people gathered in the square. Left the area for lunch and souvenirs for those who wanted them - we bought Vatican Stamps to post cards to our church families ...
The bustling city of Rome welcomed us with even warmer weather than Avignon! We were more than happy to enjoy the sunshine for more days. Unfortunately, we showed up in the middle of a Pope Canonization where Rome was expected to get an influx of OVER 3 MILLION EXTRA TOURISTS. And I can tell you, there were tourists everywhere. The first day we were scheduled to travel as a group to the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica because you can get in faster in a group than by yourself. We ...
... of their frames. There is even a darkening of the gilt on the wall, to appear as if a cloud is casting a shadow. The tomb of St. Ignatius is designed with a lot of lapis lazuli—there's a sphere of the stone that is the largest in the world.
The rest of the day was composed of homework, procrastination, and mini naps.