The Vatican. Where to start? I think I’m going to start with a introduction. Yes, that seems like a good idea. The Vatican is a big church. It also has a huge museum. The museum consists of paintings, sculptures, maps, scrolls and other things. It has things from all over the world!
When we first got to the Vatican there was a long line for the church so we went to the museum instead. There was a very long line there too, but luckily we had tickets. In the tickets line almost nobody was waiting so we only had to wait a couple minutes. Jacob and I got a audio guide, the kids version. The audio guide was a very good one.
Once we made it through the gates, we decided which gallery to go to first. We decided to go to the Pinacotheca gallery first because that was the first one on the audio guide. Pinacotheca means: a picture gallery in either ancient Greece or ancient Rome. The paintings in this gallery were very detailed and also very colourful. They all had similar faces, gowns and colours. All those similarities suggest that they are from roughly the same place.
One of my favourites was a painting on wood. It is called the “Giotto and Assistants”. This painting is very detailed. It is actually double sided! I like the side with the red figure in the middle the best. This painting is amazing and probably took al very long time to paint. Another one that I really liked was called “Melozzo di Forlì” (angel musicians). If you go to the Vatican you won’t find all the angels together in one painting. You will find them in separate paintings but close together. The story behind this says that the angels were once on the roof of a church but then the dome fell and these angels were all that they managed to save. I find the angels very beautiful. Some of their instruments are very unique. There were many I have not seen before.
My absolute favourite painting of them all was the last one in the gallery. The name of this painting is “Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden”. This painting has more than 100 different species in it! Most of them were drawn correctly too. I really enjoyed this painting and enjoyed trying to find different animals within it. If you go to the Vatican don’t miss this painting! It was actually painted be an Austrian artist.
The next gallery I really liked was the Egyptian one. This gallery has many secrets. You just have to find them. There are even really mummys! One set of artifacts that I thought were cool and a little weird were these little doll like things. These little dolls are actually found in tombs. They are found in tombs because the Egyptians believed that you needed someone to do your work for you in the after life. What they did was make little dolls for each task then put them in the tomb with the person. That way the dead person wouldn’t have to do chores. They were very detailed for a wooden doll.
My very favourite room was in the “Pius-Clementine Gallery”. The thing I liked about this gallery was the fact that they had a marble ‘zoo’. This marble zoo had all types of animals. They varied from a lion, to a phoenix, to a crab! My favourite one was the lion. The sculptor used a type of rock that resembled the lions fur. The sculptor also made sure to make the lion’s fur look real and he did it well. I could easily picture the lion jumping off the stand and into the crowd.
At the end of the museum we went an amazing room… The Sistine Chapel. The Sistine Chapel is a chapel painted by Michel di Angelo. He spent several years on the chapel. I couldn’t do a job like that, standing on a ladder the whole day just painting. The painting was so detailed and colourful. It is a small room but the amount of depth in the paintings made it seem bigger. One of the paintings on the ceiling is very famous. It is the one where God reached out to Adam. I found all the paintings amazing. I have never seen anything like it.
We went to see how the line was for the church after the museum. It wasn’t any better! We decided it would be best to come back the next day.
We came back the next day and it was an even longer line! We had to just deal with it and wait. The line didn’t take too long. Not nearly as long as I expected. When we got to the church (Saint Peter’s Basilica) we decided to go to the top of the dome first. There was an elevator that took you to the base of the dome. There was a platform there so you could look at the paintings close up. Then you had to walk the rest of the way up. Once you got close to the very to the walls started slanting one way because there wasn’t much room. When we finally got to the top we saw the amazing view! You could see for miles! Down to one side of the dome there was the private gardens of the Vatican City. It is actually its own country.
When I finally started to tire of the view, we headed down to go see the inside of the church. Once we made it to the ground, I surveyed my surroundings. Everything was marble. The walls, the floor and even the statues! It must weigh a lot. The floor was in all different coloured marble: Red, green and white with a couple other colours from time to time. The Vatican had a beautiful dome. With all different colours and people. It was so high up you would need binoculars to see anything in detail.
When I finally finished looking around I realized how crowded the place was. It was so crowded there must have been a thousand people! It was very noisy too. If you ever go there and plan on staying there for a while bring earplugs.
At the end of the day I had learn’t a lot. If I learn’t anything else I would have exploded!