The Vatican Museum

First full day of our tour ::   first stop ..  Vatican Museum and St Peter’s Basilica.   What an amazing experience this was!!  I never thought in a million years, that I would ever visit the Vatican, or sit silently in absolute awe and wonderment of the Sistine Chapel – it truly is breathtaking! ,  or walk where millions before me have walked,  inside the “sumptuous, marble-caked Basilica of St Peter’s”

Entrance to the museum, which consists of 54 galleries (we only saw a few)  ..

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IMG_4672 St Peter’s dome against the clear blue sky ..

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IMG_4676We walked through a section of the building and came out onto this square .. ahead is the Braccio Nuovo Gallery .. .

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Opposite the Braccio Nuovo is the Cortile della Pigna, which is named after a bronze pine cone from an ancient fountain ..

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Chiaramonti Museum .. Roman statues and Roman copies of Greek original statues ..

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Cortile Ottagonale .. (Vatican courtyard)

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We had to wait in this gallery for the security guard to open the gate to the Spiral Staircase.    “Apoxyomenos – Greek meaning to clean oneself.  Ancient Greek athletes used to scrape off the oils used to anoint the body before competitions with sand and a sort of spoon called the strigil.  The statue was made around the year 50 AD and is a copy in marble of the bronze masterpiece by Lysippus in 320BC”

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“This staircase leading down from the museums, designed in 1932 by Giuseppe Momo, is in the form of a double helix, consisting of two spirals, one to walk up and one to walk down”

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At the top …

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View from the top ..

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Gregorian Etruscan Museum consists of different rooms containing fragments of large bronze statues, bronze parts of furnishings, and bronzes and silver; cremation urns from 4th and 5th century BC; collections of vases dating around 500 BC excavated from tombs;  Iron Age treasures from the 9 – 8 century BC .. .. ..

Bronzes ..

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‘Dying Adonis’  250-200 BC  .. found at Campanari excavations in 1834

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Sarcophagi (stone coffins)  – top: mid 4th century BC:  Cerviteri, Necropolis of the Banditaccia

Collages 221

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Bronze votive statue of The Mars of Todi – last quarter of 5th century BC – made up of parts soldered together …

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Exekias amphora :  Exekias – Greek potter and painter  :  amphora (type of container)  – mid 500BC

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A good place to stop for this post 😉  not far to go until St Peter’s Basilica 😉

Trafalgar Tour : Best of Italy : June 2013

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2 Responses to The Vatican Museum

  1. If there is one thing I would like to see in Rome it would be the Vatican. Moving on to the next post with excitement.

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