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The halls leading up to the chapel were lined with various works of art that you would probably expect me to pay attention to, but I was interested in only one piece in the Sistine. No, in the halls what interested me were all of the maps and charts of the world. My parents were always keen to remind me how backwards the Christian world supposedly was, people believing they would fall off the flat world if their ships traveled too far, when the Greeks knew the truth thousands of years beforehand. But here were maps laid on globes, hundreds of years ago. Certainly the church was not at the forefront of modernity, but occasionally, like today, they took steps to make sure they did not fall behind.