Monday, January 3, 2011

Rome (Vatican City)-

After 20 hours of travelling (transit time included), we are in Rome, a city with a history that spans over two and a half thousand years. My first glimpse of the many churches in Rome. There are over 2,000 of them in Rome alone.
Our guide from Malaysia keeps quiet in the bus so I do not know the names or the rivers we passed by. I just enjoyed the beautiful sights, buildings and churches. We are on our way to the Vatican City. Buses are not allowed anywhere near historical sites in Rome. We have to walk a short distance to Vatican City where St. Peter's Basilica is located. St. Peter's Basilica a Late Renaissance church in the picture above. The Basilica is cruciform in shape with an elongated nave in the Latin cross form. One of the largest domes in the world dominates the central space both externally and internally. Picture above shows St. Peter's square. Statue of St. Paul holding a sword in St. Peter's square.Above picture shows one of Michelangelo's most famous works Pieta.Just look at the giant order of columns compared to the humans.Our tour guide from Rome (she is actually a Czech) told us that the design of the Basilica is like two arms outstretched....welcoming the world. The obelisk that was brought over to Rome from Egypt in 37 BC by Emperor Caligula
The 'Holy Door' guarded by Swiss guards. The door is only opened during a Holy Year (Jubilee), which occur every 25 years. The last time the door opened was in year 2000.
The Holy Door guarded by the Swiss guards as it is viewed from the inside of St. Peter's Basilica. It is cemented. The cement will be broken down when there is a Holy Year.

One hour in the Vatican City really isn't enough. There were still a lot left to be seen.
Our next destination was the Coliseum or Colloseum.:o)
**Day 2

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