Spiral staircase, Vatican City

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Spirals are one of the most fascinating occurrences in nature and have inspired artists and architects through time immemorial. Built in 1932, this is the new Bramante Staircase in the Vatican Museum, a beautiful double helix staircase inspired by the original staircase built by Donato Bramante in 1505. Donato’s other striking contribution to the field of architecture is the design of the grand St.Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

In response to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge prompt : Rounded

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Why you should visit Vatican City

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We all agree there are plenty of reasons why one should visit Vatican City, here are some usual & unusual ones:

  • It is the smallest country in the world by area (only 0.44 sq. km.) and population (less than 1000). For me, that kind of superlative is reason enough to go someplace, don’t you agree?
  • It is right next to or rather surrounded on all sides by the lovely Rome, which makes it both easy to and silly not to visit if you are already in Rome. Everybody should go to Rome, but more about that in other posts 😉
  • If you enjoy watching people and observing crowds, this is your heaven. Disregarding the size of this tiny nation millions of tourists from around the globe flock here – the Vatican Museum alone welcomes about 1.5 million each year.
  • Even if you are not a religious person keen on a pilgrimage to the seat of the Roman Catholic Church, you’d want to take a look at the great works of art by giants like Michelangelo, Bernini, Botticelli and other Renaissance artists housed within and upon the walls of the vast St. Peter’s Basilica, Apostolic Palace and Sistine Chapel. There is no joy like spending hours walking through immense collections of  art, sculpture and history, is there?
  • Vatican City is also unique in that it is the only country that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in entirety. Incidentally, neighboring (or surrounding) Italy is the country with the most number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the current number being 53. Obviously, all that art and history that makes it a valuable center worth conserving for posterity to observe, enjoy & learn from.

Have you been to Vatican City? What were your reasons to visit?

Photo Challenge: Yellow

As The Daily Post very wisely noted, the festivals around this time of the year tend to nearly ignore the color yellow. So here’s a round-up of some bright splashes of yellow… it quite suits the sunny name of my blog, right?

Yellow wall, Cairns, Aurstralia

Mini porcelain shoes, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Delicious Paella, Mallorca, Spain

Love locks on a bridge over Corinth Canal, Korinthos, Greece

Flowery fields, Copenhagen, Denmark

Gorgeous ceilings at the Vatican Museum, Vatican City

Big blocks of cheese, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Yellow wall standing out among the dominant blue-whites,  Santorini, Greece

Click away for more snapshots from the Weekly Photo Challenge.