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St. Peter´s Basilica


St. Peter´s Basilica
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Copyright: Mario Barral (pikas) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 9 N: 277] (1105)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-31
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Olympus mju 600
Exposure: f/4.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-07-20 5:59
Viewed: 2456
Points: 36
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St. Peter's Basilica
Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano

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The Basilica of Saint Peter (Latin: Basilica Sancti Petri), officially known in Italian as the Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano and commonly known as St. Peter's Basilica, is located within the Vatican City in Rome. It occupies a "unique position" as one of the holiest sites and as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom". In Catholic tradition, it is the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and, according to tradition, was the first Bishop of Antioch, and later first Bishop of Rome and therefore first in the line of the papal succession. While St. Peter's is the most famous of Rome's many churches, it is not the first in rank, an honour held by the Pope's cathedral church, the Basilica of St. John Lateran.

Catholic tradition holds that Saint Peter's tomb is below the altar of the basilica. For this reason, many Popes, starting with the first ones, have been buried there. There has been a church on this site since the 4th century. Construction on the present basilica, over the old Constantinian basilica, began on April 18, 1506 and was completed in 1626.

St. Peter's is famous as a place of pilgrimage, for its liturgical functions and for its historical associations. It is associated with the papacy, with the Counter-reformation and with numerous artists, most significantly Michelangelo. As a work of architecture, it is regarded as the greatest building of its age. 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 basilica. Like all the earliest churches in Rome, it has the entrance to the east and the apse at the west end of the building.

The Basilica of St. Peter is one of four major basilicas of Rome, the others being the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Santa Maria Maggiore and St. Paul outside the Walls. It is the most prominent building inside the Vatican City. Its dome is a dominant feature of the skyline of Rome. Probably the largest church in Christianity, it covers an area of 2.3 hectares (5.7 acres) and has a capacity of over 60,000 people. One of the holiest sites of Christendom in the Catholic tradition, it is traditionally the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and, according to Roman Catholic tradition, also the first Bishop of Antioch, and later first Bishop of Rome, the first Pope. Although the New Testament does not mention Peter's presence or martyrdom in Rome, Catholic tradition holds that his tomb is below the baldachin and altar; for this reason, many Popes, starting with the first ones, have been buried there. Construction on the current basilica, over the old Constantinian basilica, began on April 18, 1506 and was completed in 1626.

Although the Vatican basilica is neither the Pope's official seat or first in rank among the great basilicas, (St. John Lateran) it is most certainly his principal church, as most Papal ceremonies take place at St. Peter's due to its size, proximity to the Papal residence, and location within the Vatican City walls. In the apse of the basilica is Bernini's monument enclosing the "Chair of St. Peter" or cathedra, sometimes presumed to have been used by Saint Peter himself, but which was a gift from Charles the Bald and used by various popes.

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Olá Mario,

Uma bela foto, um excelente ângulo e uma nota bem completa.
Parabéns.
Abraço,
Sergio

:) Fiz um WS e espero que goste.

Olá amigo Mário,

Excelente foto desta fantástica obra arquitectónica.Bom enquadramento e definição, pena a céu não ter ficado azul.
Um abraço.

Boa noite Mario

Quando os elementos são tantos é expectacular conseguir ver tantos elementos. Gosto muito da perspectiva e da nitidez. Parabéns.Quero mais!

Um abraço

teresat

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2008-07-20 20:18]

Hello Mario
I really like your composition and POV here. I have been to St Peters and I wished I had taken a photo from where you did.
I like where you have placed the statue in front of the building. And it is great seeing the statues above it all too.
Very well done
Janice

Hi Mario,
Very good sepia treatment ... the clarity of details here is just fantastic. I like the way you anchored the statue in the foreground. Well captured and composed! tfs
Cheers,
Renier

Olá Mario,

Superb architectural outdoor details of the Basilica anchored by the statue of St. Peter. Well done. Danilo

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-07-22 4:49]

Olá Mário,
Grande perspectiva da Basílica de S. Pedro, com um detalhe e uma luz excelentes. A composição levemente inclinada dá um maior dinamismo à foto. Parabéns.
mb

Lovely details on this Saint Peter's Basilica.

Hi Mario,

I don't know if it was possible to choose a Point of View straight in front of the building, but I would have preferred to read the text in a straight line probably on 2/3 horizontal - or - place the text on 1/3, you then loose the statues but fill the whole picture with the building and then you can capture the whole of the statue in front.
Yes, I will see if I have a WS left for the day,

TFS
Els

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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2008-07-25 10:19]

Ciao Mario

Bonito tiro da Basilica de São Pedro.
Eu gosto de todas estas esculturas adornando
esta belíssima arquitetura.
um bonito angulo!
Cores e detalhes soberbos.
Saudações!

Sergio

Aqui ainda + ou - frio.

Hello Mario,

Lovely capture with great POV and details. I like the color of the picture which is giving a very rich look and feeling. Well managed shot. TFS.

Kiran.

Olá Mario,

Gostei muito do teu POV, pena o dia estar nublado, mas acho que mesmo assim deu um ar de imponencia às imagens da basilica.

Parabéns!

Grande abraço.

Marco

Boa tonalidade e bem conseguido o ângulo que escolheste para fotografar. Excelentes notas! Uma EXCELENTE APRESENTAÇÃO! Fotografia e notas que convidam a uma viagem a Roma.

Parabéns

Good perspective and details
Good note
Thanks
Burak

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-08-17 3:50]

Hi Mario,
Beautiful composition and architecture.I like all details.TFS.Necla.

I love this building
Great wonderful photo
Wonderful colour
Great sharpness
Danni

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-08-30 13:36]

Hi Mario...
It's great pleasure to see all your photos. Very nice, beautiful compositions and colors. Superb postings including this one, which is excellent...
Rgd. George

Hi Mario
wonderful pov and beautiful details in your shot
have nice evening
ciao
Lucio

Hi, Mario, great photo of one precious object...

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