We were lucky enough to get to St Peter's Square three times.
First Rick and I ended there on our wandering tour. Next, our
our guide surprised us with a visit on Palm Sunday to witness
Pope Benedict XVI say Mass. And finally, in the early morning
when we would do the postponed tour of the Vatican Museum
and Sistine Chapel. These are some of my favorite photos from
Statues of 140 Christian martyrs flank the balustrade.
A fountain by Bernini (1675)
Giant trinitrons just like at sporting events.
What would these saints think?
But of course, all can see the Pope say Mass.
And this fountain is by Maderno (1613)
A bit farther away
The Sistine Chapel is amazing. no photos are allowed,
which is OK because the room is dimly lit and no photo
that i take could do it justice. This is The Sistine Chapel
from the square. It is where the Papal conclave occurs
when the Cardinals are electing a new Pope. It is near
where the white smoke is seen indicating that a new Pope
has in fact been elected.
And finally my favorite of the day.
A member of the Swiss guard and a wannabe...
How cute is that.
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