Snapshot Sunday—The Spiral Staircase at the Vatican Museum
When you go visit Rome, the Vatican Museum should certainly be included in your itinerary. There are thousands of masterpieces there (including the unbelievably beautiful Sistine Chapel), from paintings and sculptures to other works of art.
Not all are on display as such, though. Its spiral staircase, a mundane structure that can easily be ignored, is very much worth noting and certainly one of the most beautiful in the world!
Designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932, the so-called Snail Staircase consists of two intertwined stairways that curve in a double helix (interestingly enough, the structure of the DNA hadn’t been discovered yet when Momo came up with this design).
One of the staircase goes up, while the other leads down; thus when you’re on one of the stairs, you will see people going the other way, but you will never meet. In the picture, the one leading up is empty of people as it was closed when I was there.
When you’re there, don’t forget to look up. The glass-domed ceiling, framed by the wrought-iron balustrade, is a nice sight as well.
The entrance fee to the Vatican Museum is now at 16 euros (ouch!). If you’re there on the last Sunday of the month, though, and if you can stand in line for hours to get inside, entrance is free.
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