Today, we went to the Vatican. We walked there after about 30 minutes to 1 hour of schoolwork. Our tickets (for the tour) were at 1:30. It was interesting that Vatican City was a country (the smallest) and is 0.44 hectares in area.

Then, Alex realized that the entrance was on the other side of the Vatican, so we had to run out of the “country”, around the walls, past the Swiss guards, and got there 4 minutes late. We went through a very small security, showed our online tickets, and got outside with our audioguides just as she was starting.

Alex was not going inside the Vatican, because he had gone to Rome and had seen it. Alex said the tour would take 1 hour and 30 minutes. She (our tour guide) was talking through a “microphone” which would send a signal into everybody’s audioguides. She was talking about some paintings in the Vatican that we would see later, including a painting called The Last Judgement by Michelangelo.

The Last Judgement is a painting on the far end of the Sistine Chapel that shows a scene of when the world will end and shows Jesus pointing at who goes to hell and who goes to heaven. The ones on the clouds are in heaven, and the ones on the bottom right are in hell. On the bottom left are the people who are being raised to heaven. On the clouds there are martyrs, some of which are more significant than others. In the very right of hell there is a church official, that didn’t like how there were naked people, so he put him in hell with a snake biting him.

The Last Judgement:

There was also a painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel that showed what happened through the story of Adam and Eve. It includes a very famous painting that shows God creating man. It was a fresco painting which is adding wet plaster and then while it was wet having to add paint. It was slightly difficult to hear through audio guide but I did all right. I loved the silence of the Sistine Chapel and that there were no cameras taking pictures everywhere because you were not allowed to take pictures.

Ceiling of Sistine Chapel: