A Sacred Destination

At last I was inside this great cathedral, St. Peter’s Basilica Italy, one of the main destinations which pulled me to Italy. I was there like a tiny being lost in the world of statues of saints, angels, cherubs. The people at the other end seemed even tinier to me, such was the distance and hugeness. And whoa! The amount of marble, the different designs and patterns, world famous masterpieces, it takes some time to sink in the fact you are really amidst all this.

I stood gaping at the splendor inside; honestly, I had never seen anything like this before, not sure if I will ever see anything like this in future. The ceilings, the floor patterns, the pillars all are full of details. It is really difficult to take it all in one visit. Reading the story of this cathedral’s construction will help understand the details well. If you are planning to be there read as much as possible, there is plenty of info on line.

Thankfully photography is allowed. At times I found it difficult to decide what to focus on. It is not so bright inside, so it will be good to set your ISO high. Michelangelo’s Pieta had a crowd around it, quite understandable. Bernini’s golden window with the dove in the center is one more marvel to admire. One chapel was exclusively for private prayer, there are more and more.

I didn’t take the audio tour or the guided tour, and I am sure I would have missed some interesting and significant details. If luck favors may be I will visit again.

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34 Responses to “A Sacred Destination

  • Fantastic post and superb photos as always, Indrani! What an incredible place! The art work — even in photos, takes my breath away! Hope you have a great week!


  • Your pictures are beautiful.

    greetings, Joop

  • beautiful Indrani…the last photo is my favorite…wow!

  • I'm praying my lucky stars would grant me a second visit to this bastion of Catholicism.

    You did a wnderful job photographing this place.

  • I have seen many wonderful set of photos of this great cathedral..But would never get bored.. Great place..Wonderful photos!

  • Your photos convey the grandeur of the place, for sure. Beautiful. Thanks.

  • The interiors are amazing.

  • You're right, the size alone is awesome (or perhaps awe-full, in its original meaning). Our modern buildings don't have such beauty to intrigue and inspire us.

    Enjoy your visit. Rome is a beautiful, complex, warm, exciting city. I'll look forward to seeing more of your photos.

  • It is truly magnificent. Unfortunately for me, when we visited in 2000 I did not have a digital camera to record our visit but your photos bring it back.

  • oh..i envy you, truly! such beautiful place and you captured them well. someday, i'll be there. have a good week! My World is here.

  • i'm sure all the magnificent works of art here are overwhelming. Rome is in my bucket list, and i hope to see these all in person someday. meantime, i'm loving your photos.

  • Fantastic! I could watch those sculptures forever!

  • I know what you mean about feeling small amid the artifacts, Indrani. I felt the same way when I was there and equally enthralled with the history and art. It is not easy to choose what to focus on or to soak it all in during a couple of hours. You did a fine job of capturing important representations of the grandeur.

  • Your pictures are great and the place is stunning! Hugs

  • Hi

    Good pictures and narration

    thanks for sharing

  • There are toooo many beautiful details and we have only two eyes 😉
    Yes I think you must go back Indrani
    Love your shots …
    (the last is my favorite :))))

  • Beautiful! Priceless! Lucky you to have visited this world-renowned church. Someday I hope to go there, too.

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  • It really is a marvel, isn't it? Amazing shots of La Pieta and that fabulous window!

  • Absolutely brilliant photography, well done.

  • Awesome. Definitely worth another visit. It's been a long time since I was there.

  • Thanks for sharing this lovely cathedral. It is an amazing place and your photos are beautiful.

  • The basilica of St. Peter's in Rome is one of the most beautiful places I visited, I hope that everyone can see it

  • la derniere photo est superbe

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  • Excellent photos. What a magnificent place.

  • I have never been to Rome, but I almost don't need to go after your beautiful photos. Thank you so much for sharing them…

  • P.S. And thank you also for stopping by my place and leaving a bit of yourself there!

  • Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos with us. I would so much like to visit St. Peter's Basilica, but I don't know that I'll get the opportunity. Your pictures have shown me a beautiful glimpse of the splendors that are there.

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  • I agree St Peters is a place to feel glorious art overwhelm. I like the selection you chose to share.

  • Really magnificent. To set the ISO high is good for the interiors indeed: I notice there is not "electronic noise" at all in your beautiful photos.

  • Such incredible artistry and beauty. It's amazing what people were capable of creating so long ago.

  • Truly a magnificent and inspiring place.

  • Extraordinary!

    «Louis» apologizes that he's had no time to visit and comment for the last several months.

  • Extremely beautiful! no words to say more.

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