Inside St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome
During our travels to Rome, we had to pay homage to St. Peter’s Basilica! It is beyond words and capturing its magnificence is really hard, if not impossible. It was curious that there were no restrictions regarding photography and even the use of a flash. Naturally, “NO-Tripods” but that is not really a problem as there multiple places to stabilize a camera. It was a cold and rainy day in December and this deterred all but the heartiest of Tourists and we found the place virtually empty. This was a 3 exposure High Dynamic Range shot as we wanted to grab as much light as we could.
Saint Peter’s Basilica has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world. While it is neither the official mother church nor the cathedral of the Pope, Saint Peter’s is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites. It has been described as “holding a unique position in the Christian world”and as “the greatest of all churches.
In Roman Catholic tradition, the basilica is the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and, according to tradition, the first Bishop of Rome and therefore first in the line of the papal succession. Tradition and some historical evidence hold that Saint Peters tomb is directly below the altar of the basilica. For this reason, many Popes have been interred at St. Peter’s since the Early Christian period. Contrary to popular misconception, Saint Peter’s is not a cathedral, as it is not the seat of a bishop. It is properly termed a papal basilica. The Archbasilica of St. John Lateran is the cathedral church of Rome.
Make sure to check out our other pictures of Rome – they are awesome! Just click on the Tag Cloud as a short cut and thanks for the kind visit!
Kathleen and Erik