The Vatican Museum was just filled with all the paintings, tapestries, mosaics, and statues you could ask for. Each corner you turn offers another wealth of historic artwork. But, entering this hallway was particularly stunning. The whole length of this ceiling was painted, sculpted and nicely lit.
In the world’s smallest country of Vatican City, is the world’s largest church, St. Peter’s Basilica. The dome (or cupola) at the top is as amazing as the rest of the church. You can go up to the top by climbing more than 500 stairs and get a great panoramic view of Rome. This is the view of the interior of the cupola.
People go to Rome to see the magnificent old structures – The Colosseum… The Forum. But, a surprising bit of beauty was the sycamore trees lining the Tiber river. Yellow leaves spill over the walk making a tunnel of old nature among the antiquities.
Yesterday, I posted a picture of the exterior of St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland. The interior is even more incredible. The first picture gives you a taste of the interior columns and coat of arms.
The second moves in to soak in the entrance with it’s beautiful stained glass window and stunning blue ceiling. When we walked into the church, I looked at Andrea and said, can you give me a while in here? Thanks, Andrea for taking the boys to get a bite to eat while I spent time here…
Finally, (and this may be my favorite of all three), the pipe organ features a cross shape and is surrounded by amazing architecture.
St. Giles Cathedral is the “High Kirk of Edinburgh”. It’s beautifully lit inside and out. The oldest part of the church was build in the 1300’s.
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Walking around the city of Edinburgh, we were treated to view after view of amazing old buildings. What a picturesque city! This is the type of shot I might plan for months. – Checking when the moon will rise just over a fantastic old hotel. – Waiting for good weather. But, no- we just turned a corner and there it was.
The Balmoral Hotel…