Future Priests of the Third Millennium

A little insight into the life of seminarians from various dioceses preparing for ministry as Roman Catholic priests, including daily activities, personal interests, special events, the spiritual life, news from the seminary, and almost whatever comes to our minds!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Vatican Museum

It is usually very hard to get into the Vatican Museum. Apparently, with a slow economy and a wet Italian winter, only the most determined were interested in going last Monday. As a result, only a few people were in the Museum, and there were only three others when we entered the Sistine Chapel. Though most of the Museum did not permit the use of photography, I did manage to capture a few pictures.

An Egyptian god of some sort, this fellow on his stone tablet is featured near the room where one can view a mummy from Egypt. I have seen a lot of dead bodies on display here in Rome. The mummy was the creepiest.

These lions are eating horses. I am not sure why. The guys with whom I was exploring thought I should take a picture of it. It is clearly very old.

"The School of Athens" by Raphael, featuring Aristotle (with arm pointing outward) and Plato (with arm pointing upward) in the center. Around them are a variety of other of the ancient philosophers. The painting was used as an example in countless of my philosophy classes in college.

King Ferdinand of Spain (also known as Ferdinand the Catholic) who, with the help of his wife, finally expelled the Moors from Spain in 1492. He plays a role in my Thesis.