Churches - Gary Cook

Vatican Corridor.

This astonishing passageway is the corridor leading to the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City in Rome. The corridor is festooned with artworks depicting religious history and, most notably, maps showing the church’s historical empire all along the walls. The ceiling is just amazing, and gives a hint of the splendor waiting for you to see in the actual Sistine Chapel. Respecting the regulations and local sensitivities, I did not photograph the interior of the Sistine Chapel, but it is an amazing sight. For those of you unfamiliar with the Sistine Chapel, this is the place where the Cardinals lock themselves into at the time of electing new Popes. They burn materials to release either black or white smoke from the chimney to indicate whether a new Pope has been elected. White Smoke indicates they have been successful. The practice has been going on for centuries.
The Vatican, although located in the center of Rome in Italy, is actually a separate country with its own laws and practices.