Visiting Vatican City

Italy, Rome Guide (B): Visiting Vatican City

"Whoever arrives in Saint Peter's Square feels immediately welcomed by a spiritual embrace symbolized by the two symmetrical colonnades of Bernini. His glance, however, is spontaneously drawn to the noble wall of travertine over which looms the cupola and on which are arranged eight columns of a single order, like eight giants, supporting in the central position the triangular pediment with the coat of arms of Pope Paul V. Nor does the spiritual power unleashed by the figure of Christ the Redeemer at the center of the balustrade which crowns the edifice escape the observer. It gives rise to that marvelous vision of apostles, martyrs, confessors, and virgins which goes out from the side of Christ at the apex of the facade and unfolds in a great throng along the entire length of the two arms of the colonnade as though to recall and summarize the history and the mission of the Church, which is that of bearing witness to holiness of life, the Gospel message." Pope John Paul II, 1987

Easter is over and spring has truly sprung in Rome, bringing with it record numbers of tourists and pilgrims alike, most keen to see the tiny state of Vatican City. The Vatican has been my workplace and home for nearly a decade! I vividly remember my first day at work in 2009, entering through the Sant'Anna gate and being saluted by the Swiss Guards on the way to the offices of L'Osservatore Romano, the Pope's newspaper! In 2014, I became one of the few hundred residing citizens when I married one of those handsome Swiss Guards. Yes - some of them can marry! ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Visiting Vatican City
Guide Location: Italy » Rome
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: St. Peter’s Square   Vatican’s Bronze Door   Apostolic Palace   Villa’s Barberini Gardens   St. Peter’s Basilica   the statue of St. Peter   Necropolis   Ufficio Scavi   Sistine Chapel   Vatican Museums   Pinecone Courtyard   Vatican Post Office   Hotel Atlante Star   Il Cantico   Residenza Paolo VI Hotel   Sant’Anna Hotel   Starhotels Michelangelo   Bacio di Puglia   Da Benito e Gilberto   Da Romolo   Duecento Gradi   I Quattro Mori Hostaria   Isola della Pizza   La Vittoria   Old Bridge Gelateria   Pastasciutta   Pizza Alice   Ris Cafè Pub   Ristorante Tre Pupazzi   Porto   Ristochicco   Taberna de’ Gracchi   Quarto   Gelateria dei Gracchi   Il Pappagallo  
Author: Joanne Bergamin
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