Saturday, June 28, 2008

sunday mass, 11am: sorry, no spaghetti

We called ahead to schedule spaghetti and beers with the Pope. The angry silence which met such sacrilege is something I will never forget.

Fine, then. So on to the same tourist tack as everyone else.

The School of Athens by Raphael, one of the standout frescoes of the Stanza della segnatura (Signature Room) and the Vatican Museums in general. Vatican City. (2008). As can be clearly seen, Raphael was famous for his use of colour. Sorry for the distorted perspective of this picture - I had to point my camera upwards to get the shot.

Landlocked enclave of Rome, the Vatican serves as the power base for the Roman Catholic Church and constitutes the smallest sovereign state in the world. On this particular hot, scorching day, Pope Benedict XVI himself is addressing the crowd in front of St. Peter's Basilica.

Maybe it's because I'm not a Catholic, but the religiosity of this spiritual domain seems lost amongst the scores of daytripping tourists. Well, no matter. We take a few obligatory snapshots of St. Peter's Square, then get in line to enter the extensive, art-ladened (and air conditioned!) Vatican Museums. The Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms await.

Here are a few pictures.

An impressive fresco (work and artist unknown, at least by me), Vatican Museums, Vatican City. (2008).

Ceiling frescoes. Vatican Museums, Vatican City. (2008).

An impressive rotunda, Vatican Museums, Vatican City (2008).

Connie at St. Peter's Basilica and Square during Pope Benedict's weekly address. Vatican City (2008). If you squint your eyes really hard, you can see the Pope in this shot. Give it a try.

One of Bernini's famous colonnades in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City. (2008).


  1. One didn't need to squint in order to see him. Faith alone was enough. Thanks to modern technology.

  2. Hallelujah Runrui ... and Amen.