Vatican City

Posted on September 6, 2012

View of the bronze pinecone (Pigna), a Roman fountain from Belvedere Courtyard (Cortile del Belvedere), sometimes called Cortile della Pigna for its presence

A reenactment of the Pantheon inside the Vatican Museums

A closer look at the ceiling reveals the illusion of the relief

The Gallery of Maps that charts the entire Italian Peninsula in detail

Maderno’s nave, looking towards the chancel in St. Peter’s Basilica

A Swiss Guard standing guard at the gate next to St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica and the square at dusk