Sunday, March 21, 2010

Friday in Rome

We woke up determined to see St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican. In Italian it is called, Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano, and is located in the Vatican City. St. Peter's Basilica has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, holding 60,000 people. When we arrived we were awe struck at the magnificent architecture that stood before us. People from everywhere stood in a line that looked like it was a mile long to enter this beautiful place. We quickly got in line and thought it was going to take hours to be able to see the inside. While waiting, the surrounding area had so much to look at, it seemed as though the line moved faster than we had originally expected. We saw some of the famous Swiss guards outside wearing their colorful uniforms. The inside was just as, or maybe even more astonishing than the outside. Pristine marble figures of angels and saints were everywhere you turned; even the floor was styled. I caught myself staring at everything in sight. It was a place that I will never forget. I felt honored to have walked in and experienced it.

by S. Cooper

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