As announced Sunday I will during this week present some of the experiences we had when visiting the capital of Italy, ROME in November 1998.
The journey is introduced by the view of the Square from behind the Popes Baldach in front of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
Rome is known as Caput Mundi (Capital of the world), la Città Eterna (The Eternal City), Limen Apostolorum (Threshold of the Apostles), la città dei sette colli (The city of the seven hills) or simply l'Urbe (The City). Ancient Rome was a major centre of Western civilization, and Rome is still the seat of the Roman Catholic Church which controls the Vatican City as its sovereign territory.
Normally visitors in Rome see all the historical sites, but this photo journey will start with a presentation of some of the fantastic altar paintings inside the St. Peter's Basilica.In addition to these paintings you may find that the walls, the ceilings and floors are decorated with colorful mosaics not to be bypassed without attention.
This photo shows The School Of Athens, by Raphael (1483-1520) which portrays Plato, Aristotle, and other ancient philosophers engaged in philosophic inquiry. It is found on the walls of the Vatican Palace.
The ceiling at the St. Peter´s Tomb including the Apostle´s remains (?) and below The memorial of The Gregorian Callendar as we use today.
An appendix to the Basilica is the well known Sistine Chappel which has an almost unbelievable roof with Michelangelos "the last Judgement" on the back wall.After the visit to the St. Peter´s Basilica and you still hunger for more indoor art, we can recommend a dinner at Ristorante Re degli Amici at Via della Croce 33.
To be continued.....