my journey experience
12.10.2007 - 12.10.2007
There are some strories that probably you did not know about this famous Catholic church, Basilica di San Pietro in Vatican city. For you that already came here, ofcourse, you will understand completely. The basilica is located in the city of vatican which you can reach by subway train (metropolitana) line A and stop in Octaviano-basilica di san pietro. From there, you can walk passing the street of via Octaviano. It is recommended to come here in the early morning, why? first, to avoid long queing and second, if you are a Catholic and you want to join the morning mass, the mass will be started at 7 am. When I saw the queing from the cupola of the church, it was very very long, like a snake.
Before entering the church, they will screen you for sureing that you did not bring any dangerous things such as knive. It is allowed to use camera and handphone. There will be 3 gates that you can chose: (1) go to church (2) go to the cave below the church where they burried the popes (3) go up to the cupola. Don;t be confuse, you can go to other gates if you finish one part by come back to the main entrance easily. As I was so curious about the church, first, I chose the main gate to go inside the church. Just after entering the church, you can see the statue made by Michelangelo 'a pieta' of Jesus and Mother Mary. The church is very big but the good think is the interior inside is very good. It is different from other big chuches such as duomo di Milano or notre dame di strasbourg, where there is no relief inside the church. In this chruch, the interior is rich and amazing. You will see many pope statue and some place where saints reliefs are placed. You can pray there also. The main view is in the 'altar' san pietro.
The second gate will direct you to the grave of the popes. That is just where the body of popes placed. The newest is corpus of Pope John Paulo 2 (giovanni paolo 2). Not difficult to find it. There will be many people pray infront of that so, directly you can guess that is the grave for him.
The third gate will alow you to go up to the cupola. Yeach, as it is very high for you who have problem with heart or health is forbidden. Different from the previous, in this case you have to pay 5 euro if you want to go up by walking and 7 euro by lift. Using lift is only 3/4 way, the remaining 1/4 way is not reachable by lift means that you have to use your legs to do it ^^. They way is not so much different from other churches. Circle stair, small, and stiff. If you are luck, you can go up and get the view of Rome from the top of cupola without mist, see the piazza (square) di san pietro. When you go down, you will have chance to walk above the roof of the chuch until the area behind the pack statues (Jesus and His followers). It is very nice to have the picture of that, he he ..
Instead of these gate, you can also go to the museum, but it is not in the same part with the church. Also, although you have to pay don;t hope that eh queue will be short. Very very long .. so so .. up to you now!