Monday, April 14

ROMA: The Vatican

St. Peter's Cathedral is now equipped with a twenty foot flat-screen television for outdoor viewing. I don't think that had yet been installed the last time i was here. Inside, the building is swimming in marble and gold, with the highest ceilings you've ever seen covered with angels with trumpets and images of Mary and the apostles. Unfortunately, the pope was away, visiting several US cities apparently.

Mosaics, marble and gold surround the colorful frescoes and statues.

This staircase marked the end of our tedious journey through the endless Vatican Museum. After seeing hundreds of marble statues, ancient maps and papal regalia, I was happy to walk down this wide spiraling staircase.

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