Duomo, Florence, Italy

Here’s a daylight image of the Duomo in Florence, Italy.

AtpgqUpyTC2Llgkza8CKiQThe exterior style contrasts greatly with many of the church and cathedrals I saw in Spain, which are typically left the natural color of the cut stone. Let’s go inside:

DSC_3494Another rather plain interior. But don’t miss the clock at the rear of the building:

DSC_3493You can climb to the cupola of the Duomo and also the tower, but I was busy seeing so much else, that I didn’t want to wait in the long line. Here’s a night view, just for fun:

jKNhEXCrTTmGm3mrLJhKEAMy hotel was across the street from this magnificent structure. Photos to follow soon.

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Vatican Museum, part 3, Raphael

Continuing in the Vatican Museum, here is a look at a room painted by Raphael.

DSC_3254Each wall contains a huge mural.

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For models in the following work, he used many of the luminaries of his time.

DSC_3255Looking closer, perhaps you’ll recognize Leonardo and Michaelangelo.

DSC_3258Incredible stuff, among the great works humanity has produced in all of history.

Vatican Museum Tour, part 2

Continuing with the Vatican Museum tour, here’s some video and stills from the Hall of Maps. These maps were commissioned by the Pope to make an accurate renderings of various areas. Here’s the video where they turn on the lights first thing in the morning:

Here are some still photos that show some detail, including this view of Italy:

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The person standing on the left gives a sense of scale. Here’s another map, this time of Venice. There will be some posts about Venice here on the blog later.

DSC_3245The maps contain insets of various town and cities as you see next:

DSC_3242And another example here:

DSC_3241More to come in the next post.

Published in: on December 3, 2018 at 12:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Vatican Museum Tour, part 1

Any tour of the Vatican Museum is worth the time and money. I was fortunate enough to take the “Waking the Vatican” tour which begins at 6AM sharp, when the doors are unlocked, yet the public is not yet permitted to enter.

DSC_3262Yes, those are the keys actually used to unlock all the doors. Of course, the museum holds artifacts from many eras of history, including Egyptian pieces like this tablet:

DSC_3224There are plenty of Roman objects as well, literally huge rooms full of them:

DSC_3223Including this magnificent sculpture:

DSC_3228And this bathtub of an empress:

DSC_3219Must have been a ladder to get in and out of that thing. More posts to come, showing the Hall of Maps and other marvels. Check back often!