We zoomed down the corridors barely pausing to take in any of the artwork along the way and then we walked through the doors of one of the most amazing places. There are no pictures or videos allowed in the chapel. We took our time and walked and looked, sat and looked. The frescoes were floor to ceiling depicting a variety of the biblical stories. The fall of humanity depicts a serpent with a face, the story of Moses is told over several frescoes and on the opposite side is the Baptism, Temptation, Evangelizing, Last Supper, Crucifixion and Ascension of Jesus. Above that there were pictures of the prophets and some of the kings. You can hardly take in the detail so it was great to be able to sit and look, switch sides and ends and look some more. At the last Edmund spoke to a security guard to ask where the Conclave gathers to vote for the new Pope and where the smoke goes up from. We sat right below the window where the smoke goes out and looked at the tile (now slightly browned) where the apparatus that sends the smoke up the chimney is set up. It is all dismantled in between the election. All in All pretty amazing.
The other amazing thing about this visit to the chapel was the opportunity to stand at the base of the altar give thanks for the wonderful opportunity that we have been afforded and to pray for the many people that have asked us to keep them in our prayers. I can safely tell those who have requested it of us that you have been upheld in prayer in some powerful houses of God. Powerful for what they represent, the beauty they hold but even more so because of the many generations who have been at prayer in these beautiful temples.
Look down, these are the floors
Look up at the Ceilings
Frescoes line whole corridors
This little glass cross caught my eye with all of the etchings
the hallways are marble and frescoes as far as the eye can see
A prayer desk, very ornate and hard to appreciate behind the glass
Top of a table
Looking out at the gardens
Courtyard of the chapel
This globe circled around
A glance at the architecture
The way to St. Peters Basilica
The Apartments of the Pope
A mural in a corner building
the bells of St. Peter's ring out every 15 minutes
. . . and it will forever be 4:15 pm for us in Rome!
The Entrance Gates