Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Vatican

Holy postcard! *inser bad joke drums here* It was super exciting to find this card in my mailbox because apparently the Pope is not a postcrosser so The Vatican is not a common place to get cards from, also it's such a famous place it was great to receive this!

Perhaps the Vatican needs no introduction. As the centre of the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican City state, along with the surrounding Italian districts of Borgo,Prati and the area around the Monte Mario, is packed with more history and artwork than most cities in the world.
On the card we can see one of the most famous landmarks in the world: St. Peter's Basilica
The centre of the Catholic world, this magnificent basilica with its dome (designed by Michelangelo) has an awe-inspiring interior. This place is huge, but everything is in such proportion that the scale escapes you. 
Aside from going inside, you can take an elevator up to the roof and then make a long climb up 323 steps to the top of the dome for a spectacular view. During the climb and before reaching the very top, you will find yourself standing on the inside of the dome, looking down into the basilica itself. Instead of leaving out the doors you came in, go down into the crypt to see the tomb of Pope John Paul II, the crypt leaves out the front.

The basilica is open daily April to September 9AM-7PM and October to March 9AM-6PM; closed Wednesday mornings for papal audiences. It holds daily masses at 8:30AM, 10AM, 11AM, 12PM, & 5PM Monday to Saturday, and Sundays & holidays at 8:30AM, 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 12:10AM, 1PM, 4PM, & 5:30PM.

Molto grazie (or gratia in latin) Moniek!

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