Tuesday, December 20, 2011

St Peters Basillica - only 300 or so steps up

After seeing St Peters from the ground, we went early the next day to climb up to the top. I think this is a must see for any trip to Rome.

Just to remind you where we are. The view from the bottom.

Now from the roof. It was quite the climb and if you didn't like small spaces, well, let's just say there is a reason the one way system was implemented on these stairs.

Part of the Pope's residence in back of St Peters. I hope this helps with some perspective on how high up we are.
The view looking down over the Square. Again, the scale. The top of the basillica is really high up there!

People walking about on the roof. It was a very lovely place to be actually. I'm glad it wasn't warmer though. I was desperate for shade as it was.

The view from the back of the statues lining the top. See the earlier post from the ground view.

Pretty cool. By the way, these guys are wired. For electricity. Gotta keep the pigeons off the holy statues.

This would have been a very cool picture if people were in the seats. Pretty cool way to see mass.

Teeny tiny people in the piazza.

Now on the inside. A few from the top, as best you can do behind the grates. This looks across and should show that all the colors are actually individual tiles.

A great contrast to seeing it from ground level.

Looking up to the top. It is eerily like Close Encounters....

Detail of the tiling.

One last parting look. Magnificent!

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