A visit to the Vatican

We took the kids to go see the Vatican and the Vatican Museum. The Vatican as you probably know is the walled city inside Rome where the Pope lives. They were ok in the Papal Enclaves and the Sistine Chapel but D got bored after a few hours in Museum and didn’t want to go inside St. Peter’s Basilica, I had seen it on a previous trip. So I and D hung out outside people watching and architecture gazing, while Daddy and daughter went inside.  Sometime when you travel with little ones you have to be flexible with the schedule allowing for naps, downtime and playtime.

Disclaimer – This was a few years ago, days when a camera was allowed inside the Sistine chapel.


Encompassing Saint Peter’s Square are two colonnades that were designed by Bernini to symbolize the embracing maternal arms of the Catholic Church. The colonnades are comprised of four rows of columns, each column with 1.5 meters in diameter and 20 meters high.


Adorning the rooftop of the colonnades are 140 statues of various saints consisting of former popes, martyrs, evangelists and other Christian figures. The statues were created by Bernini and his students over a span of some 40 years.


On the ground, between the obelisk and each fountain, are marble discs marking the geometric “foci” of the elliptical shaped square of St. Peter’s. When standing on these discs, the columns of the colonnades appear perfectly aligned so that only the closest row of columns can be seen – indicating once again the architectural brilliance of Bernini.

Vatican museum
Vatican Museum
Vatican museum

The Sistine Chapel is the most known chapel in the entire Vatican City. The chapel is well known for its architecture and the numerous decorations it bears. This chapel was designed and built by architects Michelangelo, Pietro Perugino, Sandro Botticelli, Pinturicchio, among others. Here are Michelangelo’s famous ceiling and Last Judgment painting.


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