|(A Vatican guard)|
The Vatican Museums were overwhelming. There was just too much to see. Mazes of rooms housed sculptures, paintings, tapestries, maps, ancient artifacts, books, and much more. The audio tour was a life saver, but we could have easily spend days there. Eventually, I had to just put my camera down and attempt to absorb it all with my own eyes.
|(Rachel, this flutist is for you.)|
|(How would you like a bathtub like this?)|
I can honestly say that the Sistine Chapel was my favorite place of our entire trip. As we entered the room, it was literally packed with people. Carefully we made our way to one of the side walls and waited a few minutes until a bench was available. It was a welcome relief to finally sit down. We entered the corresponding number on our audio player, gazed up at the ceiling, and were filled with awe.
There it was--right above me. That iconic image of the creation of Adam.
I was so impressed with the shared truth between the Catholic church (as viewed through Michelangelo's frescoes) and my own church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or Mormons). It was all there--the Creation of the World, the Creation of Adam and Eve, the Fall, and the need for a Savior and Redeemer in Jesus Christ.
For a few moments I was in my own world of wonder and inspiration. I knew and felt (once again) that God loved and knew me and that His plan was the way, the truth, and the light.
Michelangelo's painting of The Last Judgement on the wall above the main doors is so complex, yet so symbolic of what I believe.
I have much to learn from these masterpieces. It was a true blessing to see them for myself.
As our day in Rome came to a close we lined up for a tour of Saint Peter's Basilica and Square.
|(The remains (with mask) of pope Blessed Innocent XI)|
|(A baptismal font)|
It was all quite magnificent.