The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

St. Peter's Basilica

Swiss Guard at St.Peter's Basilica

Nick in front of St. Peter's Basilica

"Saint Gregorius Armeniae Illuminator" CCCI

Tomb of Pope John Paul II (1)

Tomb of Pope John Paul II (2)

Tomb of Pope Pius XI

Facade outside Crypt - "Magnificenta Opus Eivs"

"Santa Maria Josepha"

Dome over a chapel inside St. Peter's Basilica

Nave of St. Peter's Basilica

Tomb of St. Peter

The Papal Altar and Canopy over the Tomb of St. Peter

Interior of Canopy over the Tomb of St. Peter

Dome of the Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica

Main Altar of St. Peter's Basilica

Monument to Pope Alexander VII

Monument to St.Peter

Nick at foot of monument to St. Peter

Tomb of Pope John XXIII inside St. Peter's Basilica

Barb at the Altar of Madonna of Perpetual Help

Dome over The Pieta Chapel

The Pieta Chapel (1)

The Pieta Chapel (2)

Inside St. Peter's Basilica

The Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica

Piazza San Pietro (St. Peter's Square)

View of St. Peter's Basilica from above on our way to The...

Close of Dome of St. Peter's Basilica

View of Main Altar from above on our way to The Cupola

Mosaics on Rotunda above St. Peter's Basilica

View of Piazza San Pietro from The Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica

View of Rome from The Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica (1)

View of Rome from The Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica (2)

View of the Tiber River from The Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica...

View of the Tiber River from The Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica...

View of The Cortile Della Pigna from The Cupola of St. Peter's...

View of The Vatican Gardens from The Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica...

View of The Vatican Gardens and Vatican Radio Tower from The Cupola...

View of The Vatican Gardens from The Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica...

View of Rome from The Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica (3)

The Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica (1)

A Minor Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica

The Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica (2)

Nick on the roof of St. Peter's Basilica

Chapel Dome, Minor Cupola and The Cupola on St. Peter's Basilica

Columns surrounding Piazza San Pietro


....a day at the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica....

Highlights

The Grottoes - Tomb of Pope John Paul II and Tomb of Pope Pius XI - Pope Pius XI signed the agreement with Italy in the early 1900's which created the Vatican as a separate city-state

Dome - designed by Michelangelo, but not completed in his lifetime and is 448 feet high with a staircase of 537 steps to the summit of The Cupola of which we climbed 321 of them to get the pictures that we took

Baldacchino - the Baroque canopy of The Papal Altar over the tomb of St. Peter designed by Bernini and commissioned by Pope Urban VIII in 1624

Monument to Pope Alexander - Bernini's last work in St. Peter's Basilica completed in 1678 showing the Chigi Pope amongst the allegorical figures of Truth, Justice, Charity and Prudence

Statue of St. Peter - by Amolfo di Cambio in the 13th Century - the foot has been worn thin from pilgrims touching it over the centuries - Nick also contributed to this

Pieta Chapel - was competed by Michelangelo in 1499 when he was only 25 years of age. It has been protected behind glass since an attack on it in 1972

The Holy Door - it is only used in Holy Years

The Cortile dell Pigna - named after a bronze pine cone from an ancient fountain

P.S. Our Chinese Visas were ready this morning......Yeah!!!!!!no extra waiting around this time.....



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