`Interesting Facts about Vatican City’
Even though it’s been sometime since I visited the Vatican City, this awe inspiring place is unforgettable. Couldn’t refrain from sharing my experiences of a trip to a world-renowned center of spirituality and spectacular artwork in this write-up `Interesting Facts about Vatican City.’ Though the smallest `country’ in the world, it’s impact is profound. Isn’t it unbelievable that a place with an area of 0.44 sq km, can be considered a sovereign state? But that’s what Vatican City, lying within the capital of Italy, Rome is. A country that doesn’t require a passport to get into and is at a walkable distance from another European city!
Interesting Facts about Vatican City
St. Peters Basilica, Vatican Museum, within which is the Sistine Chapel are the main attractions of this holy place. It is overwhelming to be here – not just the crowds but the divine atmosphere that pervades! The exquisite architecture is enamoring.
You have to first cross the Vatican Museum to reach the Sistine Chapel. Beautifully frescoed ceilings and ethereal aura of the Chapel is credited to Michaelangelo’s artistic craftmanship. Depictions of the creation of man by the hand of God is jaw dropping. I haven’t seen anything quite like the Sistine Chapel. Unique and very impressive. Even though you feel like spending more time here, to absorb the peaceful, sacred atmosphere. You can stay only for a limited duration, before being asked to proceed forward.
The Vatican Museum is full of interesting artwork – from Michaelangelo to Bernini and famous Italian artists. Paintings, huge embroidered tapestry works and statues displayed are admirable! As are treasures from ancient Egypt.
Helpful Information for Tourists
Entry to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel is not free. Tickets sell off quickly, so reserve online in advance. Expect serpentine queues. Timings of the Sistine Chapel are between 7 am to 4 pm.
When you are in the land where the Pope resides, it is inevitable you’ll be keen to see him. On enquiring from the administrators, we came to know that he meets the public on Sundays at the St. Peter’s Square.This opportunity was however missed since it was not a Sunday on the day we visited!
St. Peter’s Basilica
Stepping into the St Peter’s Basilica, its grandeur dazzles, the rich marble and wood interiors are priceless. Being the biggest Catholic Church in Italy, there’s plenty to see inside. There being no time constraint, therefore you can stay here for as long as you wish. The most striking feature inside is the canopy over the alter, reaching almost the roof. The famous St Peter’s Square outside, is symbolic of the Vatican, pictures of which on the internet have made it quite popular. The Basilica is open for visitors early and timings are from 7 am to 7 pm.