…in the Vatican

Pine cone – 1st C. BC, symbol of fertility; peacocks (no original) – symbol of immortality; lions – 4th C. BC, original, Egyptian.
An image of the Sistene Chapel, photography is not allowed inside… named after Pope Sixtus IV for creating the chapel. Pope Julius II requested of Michelangelo to decorate its ceiling. Michelangelo first refused on grounds of being a sculptor, not a painter. The end product was twelve frescoes on walls, and nine scenes from the book of Genesis.
Bird’s eye view of Sicily, as would be ‘seen’ from Rome (so the northern part of the island is down….)
view from the dome