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An early morning walk along the Tiber River to meet my tour guide.

St Peter’s Square

A garden view of the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica

 

 

 

 

A few of the many hallways – artwork was done by “minor” artists.

The Original Bramante Staircase – which isn’t really a staircase at all!  Built in 1505, it was designed to allow Pope Julius II to arrive at his private penthouse residence without getting out of his carriage.

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The Thinker – originally named The Poet

 

The Sistine Chapel. This photo is a bit blurry as it was literally “shot from the hip” as photography was strictly forbidden. It’s a wonder I didn’t get condemned to Hell right then and there. Michelangelo was a genius!

 

 

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La Pieta by Michelangelo.  The only piece he ever signed.
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The Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica is the largest dome in the world with a height of 448 feet.  It is beautiful!
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The Pope’s Balcony
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St. Peter with the keys to the kingdom

 

 

 

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The Swiss Guard – the de facto military of Vatican City.  Would you be afraid of them?
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Quiet walk home at the end of a busy day.

3 Replies to “Vatican City”

  1. The Vatican is something to see, riches beyond imagination! You took some beautiful shots Sheila, especially the forbidden ones!

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