Vatican Splendors

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entering Vatican Splendors

There were some interesting exhibitions at the Franklin Institute, which is the science museum along the Ben Franklin Parkway. I would go to one of them with my mom, to see one called "Vatican Splendors". 

This exhibition has objects that the Vatican has had in storage for centuries, with some being seen by the public for the first time ever. So they say! They would go as far back as the 1st century, going back to the days of the Roman Empire, through the Middle Ages, and Renaissance, towards the present day. And the objects were arranged in chronological order.

Entering the exhibition, there was the option to call our mobile phones, and use it as an audioguide. But since it was inside, the signal can be spotty, and frustrating to use. After a little while, I just gave up on it.

mosaic of St. Paul the Apostle
Besides, there were descriptions, which I found to be good enough to know what I was seeing. And use the descriptions to help caption (or identify) the photos of the objects that I have taken. 

Speaking of which, I am glad that photography was allowed. I am not a fan of places that don't allow photography, considering sometimes, how much money we pay. Besides, photos are no substitute for actually visiting the place. But I digress!

Other than the problem with the cell phone signal, the exhibition was really enjoyable to see through.  Just seeing these objects, definitely made me want to take more trips to Europe. Hoped to take that next trip for my 40th birthday.

Interesting that the Vatican had objects that were not even from Europe, but from Asia and the Americas as well.
St. Peter's Basilica, made of LEGO bricks
With so much to see, it took me between 2 to 3 hours to see everything. So I would say, it was worth the time and money.
When me and my mom reached the end, we would go downstairs to see a show in the planetarium. We would watch "To Space & Back". After the show, we would leave the museum.

Along the way, there was a display of St. Peter's Basilica, built with LEGO bricks. It was just amazing to see, and hard to believe what things can be built with these things, that I remember playing with, as toys back in the day. 

We left the museum, and headed back home. A nice way to spend New Year's Eve, and glad that the museum was open on that day. A good way to help close out 2015!

Happy 2016, and hope for more travels!

WalterC says:
Yeah, I enjoyed it very much. Made me want to take the next trip to Italy.
Posted on: Mar 10, 2016
monkeymia79 says:
The artifacts are fantastic. Thank you for sharing Walter.
Posted on: Mar 09, 2016
Zagnut66 says:
Awesome exhibit! You might want to check the museum website, sometimes they also put the audio tours on line.
Posted on: Feb 08, 2016
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entering Vatican Splendors
entering Vatican Splendors
mosaic of St. Paul the Apostle
mosaic of St. Paul the Apostle
St. Peters Basilica, made of LEGO…
St. Peter's Basilica, made of LEG…
some astronomy items used by Galil…
some astronomy items used by Gali…
a bunch of telescopes
a bunch of telescopes
entrance to Vatican Splendors
entrance to Vatican Splendors
door with Bible scenes
door with Bible scenes
paintings of rams
paintings of rams
Marble Um of Terbellena
Marble Um of Terbellena
bronze figurine of St. Peter
bronze figurine of St. Peter
lid of Roman sacrophagus
lid of Roman sacrophagus
panel of the door from St. Peters…
panel of the door from St. Peter'…
cast of St. Peters head
cast of St. Peter's head
tile from roof of Basilica of St. …
tile from roof of Basilica of St.…
relief of The Martyrdom of the Ap…
relief of "The Martyrdom of the A…
mosaic from Oratory of John VII
mosaic from Oratory of John VII
Reliquary in the form of Monastran…
Reliquary in the form of Monastra…
Pieta
Pieta
replica of Michelangelos working …
replica of Michelangelo's working…
bust of Paul IV
bust of Paul IV
bust of Gian Lorenzo Bernini
bust of Gian Lorenzo Bernini
candlestick
candlestick
statues of 2 angels by Bernini
statues of 2 angels by Bernini
statues of Saints Peter and Paul
statues of Saints Peter and Paul
statues of Saints John and Andrew
statues of Saints John and Andrew
cloak of St. Charles Borromeo
cloak of St. Charles Borromeo
The Expulsion of the Merchants
The Expulsion of the Merchants
Supper of Emmaus
Supper of Emmaus
Baroque Stand
Baroque Stand
altar cross and papal throne of Pi…
altar cross and papal throne of P…
The Solemn Letter
The Solemn Letter
Chinese scrolls
Chinese scrolls
painting of Blessed Gracia, Prince…
painting of Blessed Gracia, Princ…
from the First Atlas
from the First Atlas
Christian Woman Standing with Chil…
Christian Woman Standing with Chi…
bust of Madonna
bust of Madonna
portraits of St. Hyginus (left) an…
portraits of St. Hyginus (left) a…
portraits of St. Sixtus I (left) a…
portraits of St. Sixtus I (left) …
story behind the portraits
story behind the portraits
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta …
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta…
Madonna of the Angels
Madonna of the Angels
LEGO version of St. Peters Basili…
LEGO version of St. Peter's Basil…
closer look at St. Peters Square
closer look at St. Peter's Square
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