Our Last Day of Pilgrimage in Rome
Our final day in the Eternal City provided us the opportunity for the unique privilege of a visit to the Sistine Chapel and a tour of part of the Papal Palace. Our guide for the tour was Sister Melanie, a Felician Franciscan Sister, who works for the Secretary of State of the Holy See.
|A last gaze at St. Peter's Basilica|
|Arrivederci, San Pietro!|
|Hmmm...what are they looking at?|
|Wa-lah! An astonishing view!|
|Another view from a Terrazza overlooking the Piazza|
|From the Loggia of the Maps: |
A depiction of the 40 years in the desert for the People of Israel
|The Scala Regia, or Royal Stairs.|
This magnificent stairway was designed by Bernini.
In past centuries, dignitaries would ascend these stairs
in order to meet the Holy Father.
|Loggia depicting the grandeur of Creation. |
How many animals can you find in the vines painted on the ceiling?
There were so many we had to stop counting!
|"The Madonna of the Swiss Guards"|
Do you see the image of our Lady and the Child Jesus?
Amazingly, this image was found by the Swiss guards in the marble floor outside the Sistine Chapel.