The conclave of 115 Cardinals in the Sistine chapel have a lot more room to move around than most visitors to the room Michelangelo turned into an artistic wonder.
Some days 20,000 visitors get kinks in their necks staring up at the ceiling. Don’t be surprised when someone bumps into you in their attempts to walk and gawk upward. Or you may get your toes stepped on by someone with the upward viewing affliction.
|A view to mediate over if you don't have hundreds of near & dear friends stepping on your toes!|
Still, having the opportunity to view this amazing work of art, even if not able to do so undisturbed, is wonderful, and yes, I’m glad to have accomplished the viewing. If you end up in Rome, make the Sistine Chapel a must see on your list of places to visit. But, the need to book in advance may become necessary. There are rumors the Vatican is considering limiting the number of visitors and one critic is especially keen for this to be done. Pietro Citati, an Italian literary critic contends all the humanity squeezed into the room at one time leads to damage to the frescos.
Limited access or not, the visit is worth the effort and cost to see the masterpieces. But if your goal is peaceful meditation, forget about it…at least for now. Unless you’re lucky enough to be a Cardinal locked in the room with 114 of your peers.