Christians are charitable people. They allow even outsiders into their holiest of places to come and experience the wonders of the Vatican. The whole place is exquisitely done and filled with incredible art pieces. The whole country could be considered art.
The beauty inspires a sense of spirituality which is hard to fathom from afar but very palpable in person. I am sure every Renaissance great has left their mark on this edifice of christianity. The pope has one splendid place to call home.
The gift shop sells small bottles which can then be filled at a font with holy water. Spirituality or holiness of course cannot be bottled, however, this comes very close as it serves a continual reminder of a memorable visit to one of the great spiritual Meccas.
“Though remarkable for patient and laborious thought, the true German is a joyous child of freedom, fond of manly sports, a lover of music, and a happy man generally”
— Frederick Douglass
“Turks were a great nation even before they adopted Islam. This religion did not help the Arabs, Iranians, Egyptians and others to unite with Turks to form a nation. Conversely, it weakened the Turks’ national relations; it numbed Turkish national feelings and enthusiasm. This was natural, because Mohammedanism was based on Arab nationalism above all nationalities.”