Sunday, 10 February 2019

Vatican City

There is a Portuguese expression for those who go somewhere and don't visit the main attraction or don't taste a typical dish, that says that is like going to Rome and not seeing the pope. I don't know if the senders of these cards saw the pope but I'm sure they enjoyed the trip

St. Peter's Square and the Basilica
This postcard was sent by Martinha

St. Peter's Square (ItalianPiazza San Pietro) is a large plaza located directly in front of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City, the papal enclave inside Rome, directly west of the neighbourhood or rione of Borgo.

St. Peter's Square and the Basilica
This postcard was sent by Anna

At the centre of the square is an ancient Egyptian obelisk, erected at the current site in 1586. Gian Lorenzo Bernini designed the square almost 100 years later, including the massive Tuscan colonnades, four columns deep, which embrace visitors in "the maternal arms of Mother Church". A granite fountain constructed by Bernini in 1675 matches another fountain designed by Carlo Maderno in 1613. - in: wikipedia

St. Peter's Square and the Basilica
This postcard was sent by José "PilotOne"

The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican (ItalianBasilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano), or simply St. Peter's Basilica, is an Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome.
Designed principally by Donato BramanteMichelangeloCarlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and one of the largest churches in the world. While it is neither the mother church of the Catholic Church nor the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, St. Peter's is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. It has been described as "holding a unique position in the Christian world" and as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom". - in: wikipedia

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