As we continue in Vatican City, next up was the Cappella Sistina, known to English speakers as the Sistine Chapel. Before you ever get to the Sistine Chapel you see what seems like hundreds of signs like this, saying the Sistine Chapel is ‘this way’ with an arrow pointing you in the direction.
You enter the Vatican Museum for 15 Euro ($20US) to get to the Sistine Chapel. What they don’t tell you is that the Vatican Museum is EXTENSIVE. And to get to the Sistine Chapel you must go through the Vatican Museum. The Museum has great collections on Roman, Greek and Egyptian antiquities as well as others. Not a bad thing, but when you continually see the sign, you just want to get there already.
It’s a semi dark room to protect the paintings on the walls and ceiling. They don’t want you to take pictures, but your intrepid global correspondent would not take no for an answer. Everyone else was too. Considering the amount of walking it takes to get there, no one was going to leave without some type of memento.
It is beautiful and is meant to be a true testament to Christianity and the hope for man…and woman. Michelangelo and the other artists painted this on a ceiling and four walls over the course of many years. Michelangelo painted for 4 years on thousands of square feet of ceiling by HIMSELF.
And so the day ended with the Sistine Chapel. A full work day as I ended up leaving at 4:30 PM. Pretty good day in Vatican City…