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Piazza San Pietro 2019

Piazza San Pietro 2019

A wide panoramic view of the huge square in front of the Papal Basilica. { Links to some points of interest are marked on the photo itself. You need to be using a PC, not phone/tablet, and move your mouse over the photo to view these links/notations. }

The square was redesigned in the 1650s by Gian Lorenzo Bernini to facilitate papal audiences with crowds gathered here. In recent decades, the Pope usually appears either near the basilica's front facade or from a window in the Papal Apartments (the brown building on the right).

Bernini's colonnade both frames and envelops the square. The cobblestones paving has a pattern of radiating lines of travertine stones from its center; where a red granite Egyptian obelisk stands. Some say that the bronze cross on top of the obelisk contains a fragment of the true Cross.


Rome; July 2019
(Captured with the in-phone panorama feature of a Samsung Note 8)

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Photo taken @ R on 29 July 2019 (© █ Slices of Light █▀ ▀ ▀ / Flickr)

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