Michelangelo... such a Beast

Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
Trip End May 08, 2013

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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Monday, March 4, 2013

When we arrived at the Vatican it was packed with people and TV towers were set up in the anticipation of the announcement in the following days. Had we been a little later to Rome the Sistine Chapel would have been closed during the deliberations, but we were just in time to be allowed in. The front courtyard in the Vatican is really something to see.  With the ancient pillar in the center that is one piece and not fastened to the ground by anything but its weight and the surrounding architecture and engineering it would be tough not to be taken back.  Although there are many things about the church and Vatican that I find terrible, seeing the famous balconies where the Pope delivers his speeches and prayers, and the window of his quarters is still pretty deadly.  As we walked through the Vatican museums and quarters there is just so much priceless sculptures, paintings and other pieces of art and history that you could never have the time to fully appreciate it all.  It is absolutely mind blowing.  If someone was an art lover they could spend their entire life examining the works in those buildings and never get through half of it.  My favourite parts were the paintings by Michelangelo.  Our guide really highlighted his place in history and his absolutely astonishing talent and knowledge of the human form.  However all of this was overshadowed by the Sistine Chapel.

Before we went inside, our guide gave us a class on all that was inside the Chapel and the meaning behind all the art.  As we walked inside, after listening to the absolute genius of Michelangelo and his vision and methods for the art inside, the appreciation was so heightened that the hairs stood up on my arms.  It is important to keep in mind that I am not a religious man, it is just that amazing.  We stood in there and drank it all in for a few minutes, just admiring the brilliance of a great artist.  I feel so privileged to have seen this in person and it will be one of the most memorable moments of my life. 

After the Chapel the tour was basically over.  Drew picked up some rosaries for his family from the gift shop and we went inside St Peters Basilica to see Michelangelo's Pieta which is commonly referred to the most famous religious based statue in the world.  This is also worth a google.  He carved it out of one single slab of rock.  It is pretty deadly if you ask me.  Once we saw that we walked outside and took a picture of the Swiss Guards of the Vatican in their uniforms, went to the condo to grab our bags, and were off to the airport to go to Paris. 
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