Day 6: Visiting Another Country

Today we traveled to a new country … Vatican City. After spending the morning exploring the Vatican Museums, we visited St. Peter’s Basilica. The students were able to see the artworks that they learned about in their classroom experiences and past research to broaden their understanding of ancient cultures. 

Student Reflection by Jake Falconer, Gr. 11
Today we went to Vatican City to see the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and the tomb of Hadrian. My favorite artwork of the day was the “Creating Adam” piece on the Sistine Chapel ceiling done by Michaelangelo because of its immense fame. The piece is so famous that I have seen it countless times since I was young as the symbol of Renaissance art. The artwork is one of only a few that people know instantly without taking a single art class. Although I admired the painting’s beauty from images, seeing the painting in the context of the rest of the ceiling made the painting more beautiful. I felt a great sense of connection when looking at the painting everyone in the world knows in the middle of a crowd of people who were as amazed as me. I also enjoyed St. Peter’s Basilica. Among other things, the size of the church confused and amazed me the more I looked. As I looked at different parts of the church, I was perplexed by the gold-covered massive mosaics that represented years of manpower. Overall, the day showed me some of the greatest wonders of Italy and the world and revealed important history from before Christianity to the modern era.

View more photos from Day 6 here.

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