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The Vatican, part 1

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St. Peter's Basilica as seen from a bridge on the Tiber.

Today I headed over to The Vatican.  Wow!  What I have seen so far is just amazing.

I first headed up to the top of St. Peter's Basilica.  The first stop is up inside the dome.  You get quite a view of the Basilica from up there!  Then I continued up to the cupola.  Once up there, you are outside and have a beautiful view of Rome. Unfortunately, it clouded up and got cold today, so my pictures aren't as good as they could be.

Once I came down from the top of St. Peter's, I explored the basilica itself.  After I went in, a service started and I think I may have seen the Pope.  It looked like his hat, anyway!  The basilica is beautiful and amazingly huge!  I tried to take pictures but it is so big and so dim, none of my pictures were coming out.  I tried night mode on my camera, but without a tripod they came out blurry.

After touring the basilica, I toured the Tomb of the Popes.  Not all of the Popes are there, but a lot of them.  I did see the tomb of John Paul II.

I think I have cultural overload, and since it is overcast and rainy, I am going to call it a day!

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St. Peters Square.
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List of all of the Popes.
List of all of the Popes.
The Swiss Guard.
The Swiss Guard.
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