The Swiss guard “guarding,” the Vatican
Recently, I was lucky enough to be given a private tour of some of the Papal Apartments in the Apostolic Palace (the Vatican to you and me), and these are a few photos taken during the tour. The taking of photographs is frowned upon, but, what the hell – I figured if I didn’t burst into flames on entering the building I was probably going to be fine taking a few pictures.
Do they let Atheists in?
No flames so far
The Pope likes high ceilings
More impressive passageways
Swiss Guards abound
This place is huge!
And this is just the entrance way
Looking back down the corridor
Quick peek at the Sistine Chapel before going up to the private area
Damn that snake (well – damn us – according to the majik story)
Jesus is coming back and he’s not going to be happy when he gets here!
God Majicks Adam into being
The Last Supper by Rosselli
Can’t say I was not impressed
Leaving the Sistine Chapel and heading into the area not usually open to the general public. Too many images to name, but this is a representative sample of photographs. Art, art, art – everywhere you look – art. Rafael (amongst others) was a busy boy……
Yet another stunning room
Intricate ceiling in a hallway
Swiss guard about to tell me not to take photographs. Right……..
OK – one last photo then
Just another boring hallway
Some people for scale
Possibly the cleanest floor I have ever seen. Cleanliness being next to………
Stunning stuff. Amazing what you can do with unlimited funds
Most expensive sconce in existence?
No – this might be the most expensive sconce in existence
Wheelchair access provided
Man killing a man with a club like the bible says
Christianity is a religion of peace…….. :D
Vatican art you can walk over
Yet another stunning ceiling full of art
Pope Leo X was no priest – but was he an atheist? “What profit has not that fable of Christ brought us!” Pope Leo X
Cherubim frolicking on the Vatican ceiling
Map on the wall of the Vatican
There is art literally everywhere you go in the Vatican
The Righteous Atheist on the balcony overlooking St Peters
All photos – Copyright Mark P Knowles. If you want to use one on your own site, please just take one and link to this gallery. This is the link – http://thaumaturgical.com/vatican-art-behind-the-scenes/