Smallest country in the world with biggest Chuch!

Trip Start Jul 26, 2005
Trip End Nov 01, 2005

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Today up early yet again to head to the Vatican City. Yet again i find myself getting pretty excited about what its going to be about. Stepping outside i feel the crisp but nice morning air, and we have lots of time, and the Vatican is over the opposite side of the city to our hostel so.... lets walk :o) Well found this gorgeous little cafe which had all this nice pastry's which we dived into. Oh and by the way... Italy has the best coffee - definatly a must to put on your list of things to try once your here. The guy behind the counter was very cheerful as well which always makes a good start to the day.

When we first sighted St Peters Cathedral i was blown away. The over powering dome that Michaelangelo designed was so huge and amazing. We finally got to the square (st peters sq) and had another Egyptian Oblisk in the center of it. This place is surrounded by huge pillars in a circle shape. So huge and awesome feeling being here amoungst it. Technically we've stepped into another country (as legally Vatican City is the smallest country in the world). We then went and lined up for 20 minutes to step inside St Peters. I must say - get here as early as you can, as by 10am - 11am there will be a 3 or 4 hour line up. Girls no mini skirts or singlets to get in here. ANd blokes - make sure you wear pants as shorts and tank tops arn't allowed. Once upon stepping into St Peters entrace i was gobbed smacked. My jaw just dropped! This is by far the biggest and most beautiful church i have ever seen in my life - and i can pretty much guarantee it always will be! I thought St Paul's was huge and beautiful - but this one just steps it up an entire another level! The roof was so high and you have to tilt your head right back to look up to the top of the dome. The church was designed in a cross layout - go figure! Down one end there is this massive wooden altar that has been decorated and covered so beautiful with golden leave's and docorations. We walked around every bit of the church (which took quite a while) and looked at all of the carvings, decoration and statue's in which michaelangelo famously completed. Here you'll find his best work - truely the most talented people of all time and you'll understand once standing here. Has to be one of the most mythical places on earth with so many secrets and unknowns.. The vatican city was originally apart of Rome - but there was conflicts so to solve this, the Vatican became its own independant state with everything in its own... Paper rounds, radio, postcode - completely seperate. After spending ages in St Peters just wondering around oared by its beauty we decided to finally drag ourselves away. Was veyr hard. Went on the hunt for the sacred Sistine Chapel. Instead we found the Museum so we entered. It was full of the usual stuff - so we skipped some of it and saw all the important paintings and carvings and left to goto sistine. There are so many museum's and art gallaries in europe that they all start looking like mirror images of each other. Inside the sistine chapel amoung 500 other people i swear! It was HUGE! The entire ceiling was covered with michaelangelo's paintings - including the infamous one where god and adam is stretching out to touch each others fingers (the creation of adam). Other paintings found here was things on how the sun / moon was created and many a more. On one wall was my personal favourite painting the "Last Judgement". This painting spanned about 30m high. Michaelangelo painted this awesomely with over 300 characters in it. Was filled with Angels belowing back damned souls and some demond guy throwing them out of his boat towards the gates of hell in the back ground. One really interesting fact though was in the middle of painting was this angel holding this skin of a human with no bones in them so it was all oozing downwards with Michaelangelo's face on it. This was later found to represent a self portrait of his own faith. interesting :o)

Well it was now late arvo, and we'd seen quite a bit of the Vatican City so now its time go get out and go food hunting. haha just outside i had to crack up as there was this big van absolutely covered in handbags - so so funny as there was literally about 300 bags all over the outside of it. So yeah. mmm gelati time and then headed off walking again. We had tea at some random back street pizza shop - which served up an awesome margarita and brochetta! Then walked to the coleseum to get entry FINALLY! Amazing inside, and wierd feeling looking down at the base to where it all happened. It was pretty huge inside and people used to sit right up the very top. We got sohwn where the emporer used to sit and watch. The floor has two levels beneath where they used to keep the animals and gladiators. They used to tell the Gladiators if they survived a certain amount of years without dying they will be free'd. Hahaha while inside it was quite funny - we managed to just sneak on the end of a tour un-noticed haha! So was good hearing what the lady had to say about the history reguarding the colleseo and how it was eventually minned when over run by the Babylonians.

Well Rome was a very cool and safe place from my point of view, however was very dirty in some parts. The people are very nice and they're is an unbelievable amount of history and things to do here. Its a bit of a pity our hostel we stayed in was dodgy. But the people there made it better every time we went back! Fairwell to the guy from Munich, the Cologne guy, the israely and the crazy guy that spent 2 hours every morning getting dressed! hahaha

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