TRAVEL | Vatican City | Summer 2017

Confession: I'm not Roman Catholic. So my visit to Vatican City may not have held quite as much significance as it would for some, but it is a beautiful, interesting, and eccentric place nonetheless. As an aside, how much do you know about Vatican City? As I said, it is eccentric - check out this video (you'll learn, for example, you can circumnavigate the world's smallest country in just 40 minutes, and that technically it is one of only six absolute monarchies remaining in the world!) The Vatican was the first major stop on our tour of Italy and Greece. I was surprised at the amount of art and artifacts in the "Musei Vaticani" and felt rushed through by the crowd and our crowded schedule. You'll notice the Sistine Chapel, complete with the masterwork of Michelangelo adorning the ceiling and walls, is conspicuously absent from my pictures. They don't allow photography in the Chapel...which is all well and good I suppose when you pause to contemplate the inherent conflict present between the third commandment and The Creation of Adam. They are incredible from an artistic standpoint to be sure, and incredible is the right word to describe the scale and architecture of much of the Vatican.

I love the picture above of my mom surveying the ancient maps that line the hallways - crafted brilliantly and covered in Latin markings and captions. It was such a treat to see her in her element as a leader, mentor, and Latin teacher as we traveled throughout these ancient Latin sites. Also included in this post are pictures from Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, which along with St. Peter's (in the Vatican, directly below the caption), is one of Rome's four ancient, Papal, major basilicas.

All pictures by Karl Magnuson
Canon 60D

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L