Through out my life I have been to many exciting places and experiences, and I treasure the memories of all of them. It’s a shame though that I have been to one of the most amazing cities on this earth and I barely remember a thing!
When I was 7 years old, my family was asked by my grandfather’s family in Rome to come to Rome to celebrate my grandparent’s 50th Wedding anniversary. My grandparents were married in Rome and wanted to renew their vows in the Church they got married. My whole family, including all my cousins, aunts, and uncles, went to Rome for a week to celebrate our grandparents, our family, and our Italian culture. That week in Rome we saw it all including the Coliseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Trevi Fountain, Sicily, and even a glimpse of the Pope John Paul II from a far! Unfortunately I was too young to appreciate and remember it all, and I only remember bits and pieces. This makes me so mad because I highly appreciate these things now and I absolutely dream of revisiting Rome some day.
Out of all the things I saw in Rome and don’t remember, I am most mad about not remembering barely anything about St. Peter’s Basilica. Being a devout Catholic, it is more than a dream for me to go and admire St. Peter’s beauty and history. Going to St. Peter’s and attending mass with the Pope as the celebrant is on top of my “bucket list”.
St. Peter’s remarkable history can be traced back hundreds of years. St. Peter himself is buried 20ft directly under the main alter of the Basilica. I personally think this is really cool for “Peter” means “rock”, Jesus told Peter, “on this rock you will build my Church, and St. Peter not only did lead the Catholic Church as the first Pope but they literally built the main Catholic Church of the world on him. St. Peter’s is where the Pope lives and guides the Church, and it is also where they have elected the Popes processors for hundreds of years. Along with its unique history, St. Peter’s is also famous for containing some of the most remarkable pieces of art and human artifacts that ever was. Michelangelo had the greatest art influence on the Basilica and some of his famous pieces include architecting the exterior and interior, the Sistine Chapel ceiling, the Dome of St. Peter’s, his beautiful sculpture of Mary and Jesus called “Pietà”, and many more genius works of art. Because St. Peter’s is a sacred place – tourist are forbidden from taking pictures – Basilica guards will literally take your camera from you. The only pictures we have are from those that were granted special permission and through paintings. It is such a remarkable human masterpiece that even a photo can’t capture its beauty and one has to experience for their selves.