S: Vatican Visit 2012
BC: Sometimes you will never know the true value of A Moment until it becomes a Memory | Saint Peters Basilica
FC: Entrance gate to the Vatican | Welcome to the Vatican
1: We were in Rome, Italy for three days. | Modern Art | Rome, Italy | If we hadn't booked a private tour, before we arrived, we would have skipped it. The line to buy tickets was wrapped across the front, around the side of the Vatican walls and down the street. Hours and hours just to buy tickets to go in!
2: Tour guide, Frances Collier , my sister-in-law and me, Sherry Aude'
3: Beautiful Courtyards!
4: S Gregorius Armeniae Illuminator
6: Suicide of Cleopatra
8: Hellenistic bronze statue of a large dog.
9: Laocoon and Sons. A Greek statue about 25BC. The Trojan priest and his sons are being strangled by sea serpent's. They were killed after attempting to expose the ruse of the Trojan Horse by striking it with a spear. The snakes were sent by Poseidon. | Statue of Neptune | Lacocoom and Soms
13: Look up! | This way to...
14: Beauty surrounds us! | The most valuable piece in the room. | Mosaic tiles | Pete Aude' | Terpsechore | Erato
15: This beautiful bronze statue of Hercules, was found buried .
16: Faux Paintings
17: No matter where we walked in the room Jesus eyes followed you! | Gallery of Tapestries | Flemish tapestries, realized in Brussels by Pieter van Aelst's school from drawings by Raphael's pupils, during the pontificate of Clement VII (1523-1534)
18: See the purple light? The first time it appeared in my pictures, was in a cathedral in Messima, Italy. I took a picture of a mosaic of Jesus. There was no lights around his head, in the picture it looked like this one, ever since then "she" has appeared randomly through out my pictures, inside/outside, no flash pictures too.
20: Look at the detail's | A lot of walking | So much to see and so little time to see it in.
22: Pieta Virgin Mary holding her dying son in her arms.
23: Sherry & Pete Aude' with sister-in-law Frances Collier
25: Spirit of Opulence
27: Saint-Pierre | Rubbing St. Peter's big toe brings you good luck. Yes I rubbed it! It was rubbed shiny from the many before me.! | Above tombs
28: Only the Pope with his guards are allowed to walk these halls. | The guards.
29: Vatican has it's own flag. | On Sunday and Wednesday's the Pope sits under the pavilion. We visited on a Monday. | Our guide said when we see the Vatican flag.... the Vatican owns the property.
32: Look I'm holding the building! | Put this on your Bucket List | Saint Peters Basilica and the dome
33: Mamaw having fun...