March 7/09 St. Peter’s Basilica, The Vatican, Rome, Italy
I was rushing so fast I didn’t have time to get a lot of details except what my harried brain would absorb, lol.

I was awestruck by the beauty of the depictions of Christ, St. Peter (with the key to Rome) and St. Paul (with the sword) and of Pope Pius VIII.

The Pope is show kneeling, accompanied by a statue of Christ enthroned, with statues of Sts. Peter and Paul. The allegories are Prudence and Justice.
He was imprisoned in 1808 during the French domination of Italy for refusing to take the oath of allegiance to Napoleon.
He approved the decrees of the Council of Baltimore (October 1829), the first formal meeting of US bishops.
Under the monument is a door leading to the Sacristy and Treasury Museum. In this passage is a list of all the popes buried in St. Peter’s. In front of the monument is a mass schedule for the basilica.


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  • WatscapePhoto
    WatscapePhotoalmost 5 years ago

    You’re right, it is beautiful. Great capture, Al.

  • Glad you like it too Stephen. Every time I look at these photos I want to go back to Europe.

    – Al Bourassa

  • Yool
    Yoolalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful and serene image !!!!

  • Thank you my dear Mariola. It is astounding the amount of self-indulgent art there is everywhere there.

    – Al Bourassa

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot, All. Lovely stonework, nicely captured! And I feel the same way when I pull out my U.K. shots…..

  • Many thanks Mike. Stonework is amazing to me because we just don’t see that artistry here.

    – Al Bourassa

  • JayneLogan
    JayneLoganalmost 5 years ago

    Look at all of the magnificent details! I am in awe of such craftsmanship. Very beautiful Al .. It’s treasures like this in abundance in Europe that make the long long flights and saved pennies SO worth it … !! Cheers

  • You got that right!!

    – Al Bourassa

  • Paul Lindenberg
    Paul Lindenbergalmost 5 years ago

    Now this is what I’m talking about ! Great Lighting.

  • I am glad you appreciate the work involved Paul.

    – Al Bourassa

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyalmost 5 years ago
    beautiful sculptures and shot !
  • Thanks Elaine. I wish I had the talent of those sculptors!

    – Al Bourassa

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 5 years ago

    fantastic catch

  • Thank you Sean. Europe is a candy store for photographers.

    – Al Bourassa

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenalmost 5 years ago

    These are all such stunning images. Well captured my friend !!

  • You have brought a smile to my face tonight Sean.

    Cheers, Al

    – Al Bourassa

  • Themis
    Themisalmost 5 years ago

    Yes, sometimes the pictures we capture in a hurry turn out best :-) Very well captured, thanks also for the information

  • Thank you for the kind words and for stopping in today.

    – Al Bourassa

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 4 years ago

    Marie ~ Host

  • To the Your Country’s Best group,

    Cheers, Al

    – Al Bourassa

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