5/13/10

Man vs. Rome


 
We were talking as a group the other day about how crazy it is to be in Rome and how crazy Rome is just in general. It's practically a skill to survive here with all the walking up hills, running to catch trains, and just avoiding the germs on the metros (seriously... you could pick up three viruses just by looking at the poles on the mettro the wrong way). So really it's like an episode of Man vs. Wild... city style!
There have been a lot of churches we've gone to over the last couple of days. The mosoleum of Santa Costanza, which is next to the church for St. Agnese. Then there was the Church of the four fountains (today), the Church of St. Charles (where Michelangelo's Moses marks the tomb of Julius II; also today), and yesterday we spent the entire day in the Vatican museum, ending up in the Sistine chapel!

It was amazing! We weren't allowed to take pictures in there, but to be honest, it wouldn't have done it justice. It looked like the figures could have been statues in there. It really did! And Michelangelo's "Last Judgement" (which is totally not talked about enough) was truely dynamic!

Pictures, of course, are still the best way to show you what we've been up to!



Inside where the tomb of Santa Costanza (daughter of Constantine) was built. I'm not the only one trying to get super rad pictures!!!



(Right: Santa Costanza's still; Left: Cathedral of St. Agnese)

Group photo op! In front of St. John Lateran--first Christian church in Rome and still the most important.


From the Vatican Museum. On the left is part of the Egyptian art collection. Most people just zipped through those rooms, which is really a pity! On the right is Laocoon, which was found by a farmer in 1506. He was plowing his field and just happened upon a masterpiece!


More at the Vatican. The one of me is in front of Raphael's masterpieces "School of Athens" or "Philosophy"

Bernini's "Ecstacy of St. Teresa" and a decorative piece from the same chapel



 
The tomb of Pope Julius II-- AND Michelangelo's Moses


The chains are one of many relics in the city--which are usually housed at the alter of a cathedral. They are believed to be the chains which held Peter when he was prisoner in Rome before his death. The candles are just pretty and are in most of the churches. (Sometimes they're electric instead)


And last of all, while it holds no major artistic value, but because it is so darned cute!:


And that's all for now! Ciao!


PS Sorry mom! I have gotten lost in Rome a few times, but it's the sketchy internet that makes it hard to upload pics sometimes, so I wait for a time when it's possible! Doing the best I can!!!

2 comments:

  1. I know it's sacrilegious, but I liked your last picture best. It's amazing what you're getting to do. You are getting to see stuff I have only ever seen in books or movies. Wow. :-)

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  2. It is ok. As long as we hear from you with in a few days here and there. I have to say, my favorite is the doggie! My second is the high school musical pic! But all of them are amazing. I am so glad the Lord saw fit for you to go to this and be a part of something so amazing. I hope you are staying healthy, (don't touch anything), and that you are sleeping enough. Love you to pieces, mom.

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