Anthem #50: Vatican City

I am going to tell you a little about the Vatican: it is the smallest country in the world at no more than 0.44 sq km and the Pope lives there with his staff, a few Cardinals and the Swiss Guard. It is also one of the richest countries in the world and it is a walled country within the city of Rome. It has its own coins and police, but it is protected by the Italian army.

In the Vatican, we visited St. Peter's Square with the amazing view of St. Peter's Basilica. Did you know that the dome on St.Peter's basilica was designed by Michelangelo! Capri sang the anthem right in the middle of it!!!

We also visited the Vatican Treasury inside the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. Here is a picture of the incredible murals on the ceiling of the Museum:

The treasury also has a very long history, but first let's start with the Sistine Chapel: the Sistine Chapel is most well known for its beautiful ceiling painted by Michelangelo. Originally known as the Chapel Magna, the chapel is named after Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between 1477 and 1480. During the reign of Sixtus IV, a group of Renaissance painters created a series of paintings that depict the life of Moses and the life of Christ. These paintings are hung on the sides of the Sistine Chapel. (Don't get confused though, as Michelangelo was hired to paint just the ceiling, not the walls as the other Renaissance painters did those).  The Sistine Chapel is now 500 years old and it still looks beautiful. We were not allowed to take pictures inside the Chapel as it is a holy place, so I cannot show you what we saw there. Here is a picture of me beside some of the Vatican treasures:

Michelangelo was born in Caprese on the 6th of March 1475. Today Caprese is sometimes called Caprese Michelangelo. For quite a while Michelangelos' family were small time bankers in Florence. But when the bank failed, his father, Leonardo Buonarroti, took a government job back in Caprese. When Michelangelo was young, he was sent to study grammar, but Michaelangelo had no interest in schooling as he preferred to copy painting from churches and other buildings. At the time, it was the peak of the Renaissance and the architect Filippo Brunelleschi had just created 2 churches: San Lorenzo and Santo Spiritu. The sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti had labored for 50 years to create the bronze doors of the Baptistry, which MIchelangelo was to describe as "The Gates of Paradise".

That's my brief history of the Vatican. Hope you enjoyed it. Here is the anthem video below:

Thanks for reading and watching!!!