The Roman holiday continues! Thank goodness we reserved our tickets online before because the line to get into the Vatican Museums was insane. It wrapped around the block. I wouldn't be surprised if people waited for 3 hours just to get in. I felt super important as we zipped right through the "reservation" line and went inside....and fair warning, I took 214 pictures in the museums and at St. Peter's Basilica so I will try to pick the best of the best for my posts. Some of the pictures also have random tourists in them because there were so many people visiting the Vatican. It was hard to stand and appreciate the all masterpieces because you got swept away by the crowd moving on to the next thing. However sometimes that worked in our favor so we could eavesdrop on the tour guides explaining everything...I overheard one guide say if you stood for one minute in front of each work of art, you would need to spend 4 months in the museum!!
The Vatican has a lot of Ancient Greek and Roman artwork
That deer is going down...
I love the peacock motif on the ceiling
It is believed to be the Greek hero Ajax contemplating suicide.
and some tourist in my way...
my personal favorite!
Now I do not know much about Catholic dogma, but I think there was some debate back in the day if the Virgin Mary had Original Sin, or something like that...so those documents in that elaborate desk explore that topic.
AND NOW FOR THE SISTINE CHAPEL
The guards and signs said no photos, but literally EVERYONE was taking pictures anyway. If you can't beat them join them!
I found this quote on wikipedia:
"Without having seen the Sistine Chapel one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving."
—Johann Wolfgang Goethe, 23 August 1787
After our visit to the museum, we grabbed some pizza in the cafeteria and then went through the Holy Roman Gift Shop (yay capitalism) on our way to St. Peter's Square. We also stopped for a quick gelato break, bien sur. I cannot recommend the Vatican Museums enough, I would love to go back and have a tour guide answer all my history, art, and art history questions. And the Sistine Chapel you have to see to believe. It really is a masterpiece.