Priest at St. Peter’s Basilica


1-x30b6239-1A priest crosses Piazza San Pietro (St. Peter’s Square) in front of St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, September 2016. While a lovely structure, I must confess to feeling that the Basilica was much smaller in person than I expected. Yes, it is “the world’s largest Basilica of Christianity,” but given the preponderance of ancient churches in Italy, it stands as a nice-to-see, rather than a must-see place. Fortunately, one can shoot the Basilica and the square (as I did) from Rome, without formerly crossing into the Holy See.

I found both the Pantheon (formerly a Roman Temple) and the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore far more impressive. Indeed, after seeing the latter structure, my wife and I no longer felt the need to visit the Sistine Chapel. Shots of those structures (minus the Sistine Chapel) on a later post.

1-x30b6236-1Among that cluster of buildings, to the left rear in the photo, sits the Sistine Chapel. Note the long line of people. If you intend on visiting, consider buying a ticket online and reserving an entry time. Access is fairly simple using public transportation, but know that rush-hour in Roma is insane, so set an early-morning time at your own risk. These shots were taken in late afternoon.