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Honeymoon Day 2: Vatican

On the second day we woke up rested and ready for a day of adventure! Our first planned visit in Rome was going to the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. We bought our tickets in advance which was a very good thing because the line was massive!

St. Peter's Square

St. Peter's Square

Photo Notes:

I was really happy that this panorama turned out in St. Peter's Square. It was such a clear day and the sun was just barely not shining in the camera lens on the left side of the photo.

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Fountain

Fountain

Photo Notes:

There are 2 fountains in St. Peter's Square. They were built and designed by different people. Considering that they are different, they look very similar. Check out a few photos later and see if you can spot the differences!

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Front of the Vatican

Front of the Vatican

Photo Notes:

This is the front of the Vatican Basilica taken from St. Peter's Square.

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Katie at the Vatican

Katie at the Vatican

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Sunny Day

Sunny Day

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Inside the Basilica

Inside the Basilica

Photo Notes:

This is the inside of the Vatican. It was really overwhelming because of how large and amazing it is!

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Arch

Arch

Photo Notes:

There were a bunch of rooms from the main area inside the basilica that looked like this. It was incredible!

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Domes

Domes

Photo Notes:

There were painted domes everywhere in the Vatican basilica.

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Pope Tomb

Pope Tomb

Photo Notes:

The inside of the basilica had tombs of previous popes. We originally thought that they were just statues of previous popes until we realized that they were tombs!

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Golden Arch

Golden Arch

Photo Notes:

There were golden arches and ceilings everywhere in every church we went into.

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On His Throne

On His Throne

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Gold Halo

Gold Halo

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St. Peter's Baldachin

St. Peter's Baldachin

Photo Notes:

The sculpture which sits above the altar in St. Peter's Basilica is St. Peter's Baldachin. It was built in 1631 by Pope Urban VIII.

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The Altar

The Altar

Photo Notes:

Behind the altar you can see a dove as the symbol of the holy spirit. It might be hard to see in this photo but you should be able to see the large golden circle. There is a dove in it.

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Archway

Archway

Photo Notes:

Everywhere you looked, even up and down there were beautiful decorations.

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High Ceilings

High Ceilings

Photo Notes:

I think that a lot of the detail in colors are overwhelming for photos. It was overwhelming seeing all of this in person let alone looking back on the photos! To try and highlight some of the architecture I decided to make this photo black and white.

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Long Hallways

Long Hallways

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Vatican Holy Door

Vatican Holy Door

Photo Notes:

This is one of the many holy doors into the vatican.

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Mvsei Vaticani

Mvsei Vaticani

Photo Notes:

This was at the entrance to the museum that has the Sistine Chapel in it. Because we were trying to get in so quickly we completely missed this sign, so I took a picture of it after we left.

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Paintings Everywhere

Paintings Everywhere

Photo Notes:

On our way to the Sistine Chapel, we walked through chapels and hallways packed full of artwork. It was magnificent and beautiful, but it was packed and difficult to take photos.

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Vatican Seal

Vatican Seal

Photo Notes:

In the center of the image you can see a blue ring with the Seal of the State of the Vatican City.

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Angels

Angels

Photo Notes:

There were a lot of angels on the ceilings. Fitting since they were above us.

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Famous

Famous

Photo Notes:

I only got 2 photos in the Sistine Chapel because photography is not allowed. Being a photographer I decided to find out why before posting this photo. The Sistine Chapel was restored starting in 1980 and took almost 20 years to complete. As part of the restoration project, the artist doing the restoration had exclusive rights to all photography to help cover some of the costs. That copyright expired many years ago (so this photo is legal), but the photography ban is still in effect because (speculated) that they don't want flashes firing and degrading the colors prematurely. Don't worry, no flash was used taking this photo.

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Framed

Framed

Photo Notes:

A lot of the artwork on the ceilings were framed, which was a little odd to me. I've never seen artwork framed like this on ceilings.

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Cast Silver

Cast Silver

Photo Notes:

I'm not sure what this is (the sign was in Italian and when translated to English it means nothing to me). But I do know that it was casted out of silver. That is a lot of silver!

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Guild of wool merchants

Guild of wool merchants

Photo Notes:

I had seen this symbol many times around the Vatican and had no idea what it meant. After some Googling and some confusion with the symbol for Lamb of God, I found out this is a Guild that started in Florence, the Guild of wool merchants.

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Gorgeous Stained Glass

Gorgeous Stained Glass

Photo Notes:

There wasn't a ton of stained glass - or there was and everything else was so overwhelming that I didn't notice the stained glass. This piece is part of a throne and was sitting in front of a bright window.

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Bramante Staircase

Bramante Staircase

Photo Notes:

To exit the museum you had to go down this spiral staircase. The steepness of the stairs was consistently changing and they had a lot of warning signs for is. Before we left and went down I took a few photos!

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On the River

On the River

Photo Notes:

There were a lot of bridges that had great views of the river. The river wasn't the prettiest of colors, but it wasn't too bad.

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Castle

Castle

Photo Notes:

This is the castle of Sant'Angelo. We didn't go inside (I think it was a museum) but we took some photos from the outside.

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Court House

Court House

Photo Notes:

This is the Corte Suprema di Cassazione, which I assume is a court house. Right along the river, this was another beautiful building in Rome.

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Katie on the River

Katie on the River

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Front SIde

Front SIde

Photo Notes:

This is the front side of the court house in Rome, the Corte Suprema di Cassazione

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Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

Photo Notes:

Our journey took us into the Piazza Navona, a long - but narrow - strip of open space with a few fountains.

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Fontana del Nettuno

Fontana del Nettuno

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Fontana dei Fiumi

Fontana dei Fiumi

Photo Notes:

This is the Fontana dei Fiumi on Rome in the Piazza Navona. This statue looks very similar to one of my coworkers. It's a little strange.

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Sant'Agnese in Agone

Sant'Agnese in Agone

Photo Notes:

This is one of the churches in Piazza Navona in Rome. I thought this would make a good candidate for an HDR transformation, even though the colors aren't very vivid.

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Katie in the Piazza Navona

Katie in the Piazza Navona

Photo Notes:

Look at Katie's Pointy hat!

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Fountain

Fountain

Photo Notes:

There were a lot of fountains in Rome. Every single one was stunning and a work of art.

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Spitting Water

Spitting Water

Photo Notes:

Katie spitting some water. Hehe

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Pantheon

Pantheon

Photo Notes:

We walked over to the Pantheon next. Because of the time of day I couldn't get a real good shot of the front (but check a later post, we went back several times).

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Tomb of King Humbert I

Tomb of King Humbert I

Photo Notes:

This is the tomb of the second king of Italy, King Humbert I. He was king from 1844-1900.

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Chapel of the Annunciation

Chapel of the Annunciation

Photo Notes:

The painting above the altar is the Annunciation by Melozzo da Forli and was painted in the early 16th century. It is one of the more famous paintings inside the Pantheon.

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Up the Column

Up the Column

Photo Notes:

The outside of the Pantheon had several columns that were all beat up like this one. After all, they are really old.

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Tempio di Adriano

Tempio di Adriano

Photo Notes:

These columns have seen better days. We stumbled upon these columns, mostly because they are not on a very busy street. This is the entrance to the Temple of Hadrian, or the Tempio de Adriano.

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Chiesa di Sant' Ignazio di Loyola

Chiesa di Sant' Ignazio di Loyola

Photo Notes:

This is a church in Rome that we decided to walk into.

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Gorgeous Altar

Gorgeous Altar

Photo Notes:

This is the altar of the Chiesa di Sant' Ignazio di Loyola, a church in Rome.

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Looking Up

Looking Up

Photo Notes:

This is the ceiling artwork inside the Chiesa di Sant' Ignazio di Loyola, a church in Rome.

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Altar

Altar

Photo Notes:

This is another one of the altars of the Chiesa di Sant' Ignazio di Loyola, a church in Rome.

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Bronze

Bronze

Photo Notes:

I don't really like to photograph bronze statues because they never turn out well because of the dark color of bronze. But this photo seemed to turn out okay.

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Marble Angel

Marble Angel

Photo Notes:

This is one of the many statues inside the Chiesa di Sant' Ignazio di Loyola, a church in Rome.

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Many Churches

Many Churches

Photo Notes:

This is a wooden model that has many different churches around one central dome. It is built by the Latin phrase "Ut Unum Sint" which means "so that they will be one". The idea is to bring all religious people together toward one single church.

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1:200

1:200

Photo Notes:

This is a 1:200 scale wooden model of what Vincenzo Pandolfi wanted religion to be. You can see all the different churches in this model and on the table you can see what religions would belong to that style of church. He started building this when he was 70 and finished at the age of 98, just shortly before he died in 2005.

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Marcus Aurelius Column Colonna di Marco Aurelio

Marcus Aurelius Column Colonna di Marco Aurelio

Photo Notes:

This is a detailed pillar carved in 193 AD. It was created as a Roman victory column in Italy. The carvings spiral up toward the top.

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Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo

Photo Notes:

We wandered to the Piaza del Popolo which was about as far North as we had ventured in Rome. It was a big plaza that had fountains and churches with domes, and a ledge that you could walk up to and see the whole plaza.

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Reflection

Reflection

Photo Notes:

I didn't think I would like this photo while I was doing rough edits of all my photos. Then I realized that you can see the reflection or the plaza behind me in the bubble.

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Lion Paw

Lion Paw

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From the Top

From the Top

Photo Notes:

There ia a park that overlooks the Piazza del Popolo that Katherine and I went up. From the top you could see a good portion of Rome.

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Old Fascade

Old Fascade

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Colosseum at Night

Colosseum at Night

Photo Notes:

One of my goals on this trip, besides enjoying a vacation with my new wife, was to get some cool photos that not every tourist could get. I brought my tripod and just about every night we would go out and take some photos.

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Lit Up

Lit Up

Photo Notes:

They lit up the Colosseum after dusk. The street vendors were really annoying though because they had these flying things that lit up. I had to take maybe 40 different photos in this location before I could get one that wasn't blurry and one that didn't have a light in it from the street vendors.

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Edge of the Colosseum

Edge of the Colosseum

Photo Notes:

This edge looks pretty new, and that's because it is. The outside face of the colosseum had to be stabilized so that more of it didn't fall down. About half of the original wall still exists, the other half (the south side) had fallen down previously before they decided to preserve the colosseum.

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Arch of Constantine

Arch of Constantine

Photo Notes:

This is the Arch of Constantine that sits between the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.

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St. Peter's Square
Fountain
Front of the Vatican
Katie at the Vatican
Sunny Day
Inside the Basilica
Arch
Domes
Pope Tomb
Golden Arch
On His Throne
Gold Halo
St. Peter's Baldachin
The Altar
Archway
High Ceilings
Long Hallways
Vatican Holy Door
Mvsei Vaticani
Paintings Everywhere
Vatican Seal
Angels
Famous
Framed
Cast Silver
Guild of wool merchants
Gorgeous Stained Glass
Bramante Staircase
On the River
Castle
Court House
Katie on the River
Front SIde
Piazza Navona
Fontana del Nettuno
Fontana dei Fiumi
Sant'Agnese in Agone
Katie in the Piazza Navona
Fountain
Spitting Water
Pantheon
Tomb of King Humbert I
Chapel of the Annunciation
Up the Column
Tempio di Adriano
Chiesa di Sant' Ignazio di Loyola
Gorgeous Altar
Looking Up
Altar
Bronze
Marble Angel
Many Churches
1:200
Marcus Aurelius Column Colonna di Marco Aurelio
Piazza del Popolo
Reflection
Lion Paw
From the Top
Old Fascade
Colosseum at Night
Lit Up
Edge of the Colosseum
Arch of Constantine
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