Visiting the Vatican was very interesting – as you can imagine there is a LOT to see within those walls. Probably the most famous part is the Sistine Chapel. More on the Vatican including photos in another post to come, until then I want to share this photo of the Sistine…
Yup – you guessed it – no photos allowed in the chapel. That is some old paint in there. And man it was packed with people – if they were all taking photos with flash you would not be able to see anything!
So here is the next best thing to being there – seriously though, this is really something. This is a virtual reality tour of the Sistine Chapel – you can see the artwork better here than in person (and the music is pretty calming too).
So please take your time and really look at the art, the details. Can you see any differences from one side of the ceiling to the other?
Did you know that it is a rumor that Michelangelo laid on his back while painting the ceiling? He was actually standing whole time – ouch! That and he didn’t want the job – but the Pope really wanted him to do it (insisted actually), so…
Oh ya – take a look at the Whale (you know, Jonah and the whale) – Michelangelo didn’t know what a whale looked like, so he did the best he knew to do. See it?