Last day in rome

Trip Start Feb 20, 2006
Trip End Feb 18, 2007

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Saturday, August 5, 2006

headed off to the catacombs today, they were pretty amazing. some of the best ones had a huge underground chapel, and these amazing ancient roman mausoleums that used to be above the ground but are now perfecty preserved under the church. one of the catacombs was used to bury saint sebastian, this roman soldier who got shot with arrows for becoming a christian (religious education is coming along nicely, hmm?) i have seen sooooo many paintings of saint sebastian in sooooooo many art galleries in the past few weeks, seeing his grave was like seeing the grave of a famous person - pretty weird. the roman catacombs were totally different to the ones in paris - in those, the walls were made out of bones. these ones were just kind of vertical grave yards. but there were frescoes all over the walls, it was very cool. europe has so much to offer in terms of graveyards :P

yesterday i went to the vatican museums and the sistine chapel. the chapel wasvery different to how i imagined it. its not really like a church at all, it just looks like someone went nuts with the paint set. but the frescoes were amazing, so colourful. there were so many people in there though, and all the guards going nuts screaming "NO PHOTO!!!" that is was hard to kinda appreciate it.

then i went to the tombs of the popes under st peters basillica, which was again, totally weird. the whole place is totally sterile, painted white and with pot plants. and the tourists just file past and take photos, while the nuns and priests have a special section to pray in over the graves. it was a totally weird experience, i hot footed it outta there real quick.

so this is my last day in rome, still havent seen everything, but tomorrow i head off early to naples, which will be cool.
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