Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Church of St. Peter

My visit to St. Peter's Basilica was a monumental event in my life after hearing so much about it over the years.  It did not disappoint.  From the time I was a child in grade school I heard the stories of its role in history and I saw the historic photos.

One only has to step through the doors to grasp it's sheer size.  Walking from front to back is much like walking the full length of a very large mall....twice.  Being on a private tour that I arranged in advance allowed my friend and I to skip the long lines and walk right in.

There is so much to see that it can be a bit overwhelming.  While listening to the guide, I found my eyes wandering from statue to statue to every tiny detail of the walls and arches.

The high altar is a spectacular sight with all of it's gold trimmings and papal decorations.

I found myself wondering how such an amazing place has existed since 1626.

I also thought about St. Peter's tomb far below my feet.

My lens found its way to this beautiful statue of St. Therese by Filippo Della Valle.  Her face was so full of emotion as she appears to have been interrupted from her writings.

Of course, the most popular statue in the basilica is Michelangelo's Pieta which now is viewed behind bulletproof glass after a vicious attack with a hammer back in 1972.  How anyone could want to destroy such a beautiful piece of art is beyond my ability to understand.

Back on the outside, I took some time to admire Bernini's Colonnade that encircles the basilica.

And this seagull and I both admired Malerno's fountain at the center of the piazza.  

Visiting this historic place is an experience I won't forget.


Andy said...

Oh my! Spectacular!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

To be surrounded by such enduring history is quite an awesome feeling. I had that same feeling when we were standing by the pyramids looking at the Sphinx :)

Judy said...

You have some amazing photographs of this historical place.

Lowell said...

Thank you so much for these brilliant photographs of this magnificent place. I was there when in the Navy in 1957 but never got inside, so I especially appreciated your visual tour! You are truly a fine photographer!

Catalyst said...

SWMBO's Beautiful Rich Daughter was just in Rome viewing those same sites a couple of weeks ago. She was most in awe of the Coliseum.

William Kendall said...

Magnificent. I'd love to visit there someday.