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Rome, Vatican City

The final leg of the trip was in Rome.

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St. Paul’s Within the Walls church, an Anglican church near our hotel.

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Castel Sant’Angelo. This was Hadrian’s Tomb, and then over the years various additions have been made, each in their own architectural style. A very strange shaped building.

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The EU flag flying over the Tiber river.

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Trajan’s Column, depicting his victory over the Dacians.

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More ruins from Trajan’s forum.

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Monument to Victorio Manuelle II, the king who unified Italy in 1871.

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Interior dome of the Pantheon.

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Pantheon Oculus + Clouds = the Moon?

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Facade of the Pantheon.

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Onward, to St. Peter’s.

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All Cathedrals face east, but not all have a 16-point compass rose around a 50 foot obelisk just to make sure you know it.

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The School of Athens.

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No photos allowed in the Sistine Chapel…

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… but you can’t stop a man with a blog.

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Nave of St. Peter’s Basillica.

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Altar at St. Peter’s

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Holy Spirit as a dove bursting into the Vatican.

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Trevi Fountain.

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Some ruins from the Roman Forum.

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The Colosseum.

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The Arch of Titus.

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The Arch of Titus was a victory monument to Titus’s sac of Jerusalem and destruction of the temple in AD 70. Here are Roman soldiers carting away a Menorah.

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More ruinous columns from the Forum.

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Some invisible people…

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View from inside the Colosseum.

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Another view, the remaining top half.

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Pope Benedict XIV in the 1700’s added a cross to the ruinous site of the Colosseum, which then made it a holy place. So then the destruction ended, and it became a historical site rather than another stone quarry.

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