Inside the Vatican Walls

by brian on February 22, 2009

Once inside I did a walk through of the tombs of all the previous popes. Pope John Paul II had two guards next to his tomb. Since he was arguably the most popular Pope EVER, his tomb has a special designation. Sorry, no pictures allowed.


Next I went into St. Peter’s proper. Magnificent. The Cathedral is huge inside.

 Inside the Vatican Walls
As the world’s largest Christian church (we are NOT counting services done in converted football or basketball stadiums) Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano can hold 60,000+ people.
 Inside the Vatican Walls
 Inside the Vatican Walls
 Inside the Vatican WallsAccording to Catholic tradition, St. Peter is buried at the altar, hence why all Popes are buried there also.

Next I went up to the Coppula, the top of St. Peter’s Basilica. That was 7 Euro ($9US)
First it takes you inside the top of St. Peter’s so you look down on the crowds that are coming in.

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Then there is another staircase that takes you outside for fantastic views of Rome itself.

This staircase is not for the claustrophobic or the out of shape. We were delayed about 30 minutes because paramedics had to bring a woman down. I did see her later on solid ground so she was OK, but be forewarned.

Neither my camera nor I are crooked. This is how the stairwell actually curves!

 Inside the Vatican Walls
 Inside the Vatican Walls

Looking down at St. Peter’s Square and the rest of Rome from the top of the Basilica Inside the Vatican Walls
On the way down if you look back at the crown of the building right below the ball at the top, that is where I was taking pictures from

 Inside the Vatican Walls
Next post one of the treasures of the world…The Sistine Chapel!

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ScottFro February 23, 2009 at 7:59 AM

Wow, GREAT pictures! I never quite had Vatican City on my radar, but it looks absolutely majestic. The trip up to the top of the Basilica looks like it puts the Statue of Liberty climb to shame!

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brian February 26, 2009 at 8:48 AM

@ScottFro
I always heard about it, but to see it was excellent. Did they reopen the crown of the Statue of Liberty?

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