14.6.12

Vatican City in My Point of View

Vatican City, March 2012

I woke up at 5 in the morning for my family private mass in St. Peter's Basilica. I was feeling cranky because I've lost my suitcase from the flight between Amsterdam and Rome the day before. Which mean I didn't have clothes, my beauty case & the essentials, phone charger and the most important my camera charger. I know I should have packed them into my cabin bag. I've never thought I would lost my suitcase during such short flight (only 2 hours) and also I took the best airline in Netherlands. I thought they were very reliable but I couldn't be more wrong! It seems that lost luggage happens quite often in this airline.
And it took them 3 days to find and send my luggage back with broken luggage lock and a lot of my stuffs were gone . Booooo :(

Anyway, back to the story about Vatican city, shall we?
I met Tina, my local escort from Jolly International in the bus station around 6.30 and heading to Vatican city. It was very quiet when we arrived, there were only few people. Felt like the whole place was mine :p
I was in awe because the basilica is huge and so beautiful. More than I had in my mind. The architecture, interiors, details and everything was just amazing.


sunrise in Vatican City

quiet morning in St. Peter's Basilica

grand interiors

beautiful altar



The private mass was scheduled at 7.30am and was lead by Father Syl. He's from Poland but he speaks fluent Indonesian. He took us to the chapel beneath St. Peter's Basilica which we had to go through some "Man in Black" security point on the way. This is not open for public, so you must have special arrangement to enter the basement of the basilica. We walked pass Vatican Grotto which is tombs for St. Peter and all the popes who have passed away. It felt like walking through a secret tunnel in Angels & Demons movie :p
It's forbidden to take pictures so this is the only shot I managed to sneak...

St. Peter's Basilica underground
The mass took about an hour then we went back up to ground level of the basilica. We wanted to climb to the top of St. Peter's Basilica that is called the cupola (dome). There are two options, either take the steps all the way up from the ground level (more than 500 steps) or take the elevator part up to some point and then climb the remaining 300 something steps. We opted the second and we paid €7/pax for the elevator. If you want to climb all the way up, it will cost you €5/pax. You save €2 and get more exercise for your legs :D

The elevator brought us to the top of the church which is the base of the cupola. Through the fence, I looked down on the people inside the church. Very small, looks like ants.
In the beginning of the climb was easy but it was getting harder when we almost reach the top part. The ceiling is tilting inwards due to the curvature of the dome so it wasn't easy to walk straight. We had to stop couple times because we felt dizzy.

peeping down through the fence

the ceiling is tilting inwards


Rome

The 360 degree panoramic view from the top was undoubtedly stunning. It was worth all the pain and jello legs we've got after climbing the stairs. From the top of cupola, we could clearly see that Vatican city is key shaped. I didn't know about that before, did you ?
It's the symbol to represent "Key of Heaven" which was received by Saint Peter from Jesus.

view from the top of St. Peter's Basilica

the key shaped Vatican City

I was on top of that cupola (dome)

Pontifical Swiss Guards of Vatican City

After lunch we made our way to Vatican Museum. It's among the greatest museums in the world, since they display works from the immense collection built up by the Roman Catholic church throughout the centuries.
This museum is huge, there are 54 galleries, or salas, in total, with the Sistine Chapel,being the very last sala within the museum. The queue at the entrance was quite crazy. I was really glad that Tina has already bought the fast track ticket, so we didn't need to queue.

Vatican Museum

some Roman sculptures

the Egyptian mummy

spiral exit at Vatican Museum

I had a great day in Vatican City that I even forgot about my lost luggage for a while. There were many things to see and to learn in such a small city (or country?). Now I can check one item off my bucket list. And I will put another new item which is "Revisit Vatican City", simply because it has captured my heart :)

23 comments:

  1. I love your pictures! What a great experience to have a private mass! I'm sure it was very peaceful there in all that space.

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    1. It was a great experience indeed! Thank you, Mary :)

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  2. I was hugely impressed with the Vatican when I went there. It is such an incredible place with an awesome aura.

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    1. I couldn't agree more with you, Spencer. I felt the same way. I'd love to revisit Vatican one day :)

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  3. beautiful pictures >>> i wud love to visit vatican once again because i did not have time to get into the museums and chapel sistine>>

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    1. Thanks Chinta :)
      I'd love to visit Vatican again !

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  4. All the photos are beautiful but the first is my favourite.

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    1. Thank you ! I love to capture sunrise and that's one of my fav too :)

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  5. Thanks for your comment on my last post!ヽ(*'0'*)ツ
    if you want, have time please check out my new post or write me a comment if you want! I also made a youtube video for my readers!! (´・ω・`)
    I would be so so happy☆

    I wish I could be a model but i think im too small.... ;_; and not pretty enough...but anyways THANK YOU <3 :)

    ohhh i really LOVE these pictures! This really makes me want to go to this city/countryXD
    especially the churches look amazing and so many details! i think you had much fun! :)
    you made all pictures? you're a good photograph!


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    1. Danke schoen :)
      I'm learning the basic photography.

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  6. Seru bangett ya bisa lihat Egyptian mummy :).

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    1. Iyah, lengkap banget koleksi museumnya.....sampai ada mummy segala :D

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  7. Another great photos and great place visited... I envy you... :)

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  8. great photos ^^ thank u for sharing , mmm tempat yang saya ingin kunjungi suatu saat ,n private mass? *envy* ga bs sembarangan masuk basilica yah dgr2? ^^

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    1. Ria, thanks udah mampir sini. Aku juga udah lama banget pengen ke sini, akhirnya kesampaian juga. Masuk basilica semua orang bisa tapi kalo turun ke ruang bawah tanah untuk private mass ga bisa sembarangan. Mesti bikin janji jauh2 hari, dan mesti ada yang aturin disana :)

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  9. oo gt ,kalo ikutan tour gitu berarti ada kemungkina bisa ikutan ke bawa yah? *ngarep hehe tp da bs kesana kayanya gw da seneng ^^ smuga someday

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    1. kemaren aku ga ikut tour sih, berangkat sendiri ama keluarga. Trus disana sewa local escort gitu, dia yang aturin buat misa dll. Smoga keinginan kamu bisa cepat kesampaian ya :)

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  10. Ehh..buset. Blogwalking and found these great pics. Sukaaakk :D

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  11. You look gorgeous despite loss of the suitcase haha.
    BTW, ada cost tambahan ga deb klo ambil private mass gitu? Bisa masuk ke library-nya ga keq yg di angel demon itu??

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  12. Thank you tapi asli gondok bangetttt, ga bisa charge camera ama hp. Biaya misa masih aku tanyain mbak Tina ya. Ke library sih ga tapi bisa sekalian bikin janji buat ke makam Paus dan makam Santo Petrus

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  13. foto ya sangat menarik sekali, mungkin hanya mimpi yg bisa bawa ak kesana ya...thanks foto2 ya, mungkin next time sy bisa liat dengan mata kepala sendri, pengen bgt bisa ikut misa minggu pagi dipimpin Paus

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    1. aminnnn....semoga kesampaian buat beribadah di Vatican ya :)

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