St Peter's as seen from the Via Del Conciliazione
St Peter's Basilica, orginally built in AD 349, changed through the years, and re-built in 1503. St Peter's is the largest Christian Church in the world.
The Colonnades surrounding St Peter's square.
St Peter's Square late on a Sunday afternoon. The square will accomodate 400,000 people
The Egyptian obelisk, brought to Rome in AD 38, and moved to St Peter's in 1586.
The four points of the compass are marked around the obelisk.
The entrance to the Vatican Museum - or the tour entrance at least
Awaiting the opening of the museum at 8:00am on a Monday
The inner courtyard of the museum, seen from an upstairs window
The Vatican Museum, richly decorated, and beautiful floor to ceiling
Outside the museum, a corridor leading to the private areas of the Vatican, and guarded by a Swiss Guard
Between the museum and St Peter's
Our Vatican tour guide, Norah, knows more about the Vatican than one can absorb
Grotte Vaticane (Tombs of the Popes) burial site of the Popes, including St Peter. Photography is not allowed at St Peter's tomb
St Peter's from the side
View from the front steps of St Peter's looking at the Obelisk and seating for the previous Sunday's Mass
Depicting St Peter, who asked to be crucified upside down, and whose crucifiction is believed to have occured near St Peter's Square.
Michelangelo's Pietà, the seated Madonna holding Christ's body in her arms. Completed when Michelangelo was twenty-three years
The Papal Alter