Michaelangelo’s David

No trip to Florence, Italy, would be complete without seeing Michaelangelo’s David. It is a remarkable statue. Here’s a view of the setting:

0aH88DVAR3emhjp86mJjQAA large crowd comes to see this and the other works on display. There are several blocks of marble that Michaelangelo had been working on but abandoned. You see one on the right side of the photo above. There are as interesting as David. Here’s a closer look at David:

Ad8G87lyTqiD4ta0NK7tSwGet the skip the line type of ticket to visit the Accademia where the statue is located. Otherwise, you’ll be waiting a long time in very long line. Worth it.

 

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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!

Segovia Cathedral, some details

As mentioned in the previous post, here are some details from Segovia’s Cathedral. There are a number of ceremonial objects on display, including these vestments:

DSC_2878There there are statues from various periods:

DSC_2881Which show the change in style, technique, and taste in how they’ve evolved:

DSC_2880You’ll also find some equipment from the period when the cathedral was built:

DSC_2892Thus, the cathedral is a sort of living history museum while at the same time a functioning religious site. There are literally hundreds of things to see and experience here, so take your time.