The churches were so filled with meaning and each had their own story of an artist who slaved his life away creating art for the world. The men were literal geniuses, creating their own machines then destroying thier ideas so no one could copy them and firing all the help that was given to them because the vision could only be achieved by them. Ok, so maybe the second one was a little more insane than genius but oh well. I was still totally awestruck by the beautiful art and architecture in the churches. Each one was extravagant with paintings so detailed they looked 3D, ceilings higher than any skyscraper, and light so vibrant I felt I should wear sunglasses. Anyway, we went to a lot of churches and the art was incredibly inspiring and I felt really connected to the culture of Italy.
This is Il Duomo in Florence. Painted by Brunelleschi over the course of 16 years, it was by far my favorite. The dome is painted with “The last Judgement” complete with a very detailed hell, which people are closest to when they climb the dome. I happen to have climbed all 436 stairs to the top and was greeted by the most breathtaking view I’ve ever seen.
Assisi is so pretty, all of its buildings are built in a white/pinkish brick, including the church of Saint Francis. No photos were aloud inside, but the rooms had beautiful high ceilings, and the trip wasn’t complete without seeing the casket of the saint in the basement.
I could only get one picture of the Vatican from the outside, but the museum inside was gorgeous.
Here is a hallway from the inside of St. Peter’s, it was hard to get good photos in here because it was so so crowded. It was painted by Bramante, Michelangelo, Maderno, and Bernini in around the 1600’s.
Seeing all the churches was a beautiful experience, there are millions throughout Italy and I can’t wait to go back and see more!