Rome, Italy – St. Peter’s Basilica – HDR

Rome - St. Peter's - HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR, HDR in Photomatix

In honor of the movie Angles & Demons coming out this week.  It is the follow up to the Da Vinci Code.  A&D takes place in Rome.  I am just about finished reading the book.  I wanted to read the book beofre I saw the movie.  Always makes it fun to compare.   I had my fun at the Vatican that one day as noted in my previous post about the stairs.   Later that day I spent about 1 hour in St. Peter’s walking and taking photos.   Probably one of the most amazing places I have ever seen!  I just kept looking up and I could not believe what I was seeing.   You know you are somewhere special when you get that outer body feel and that tingle feeling while walking around.   Very sureal.

The Basilica of St. Peter’s is one of four major Basilica’s in Rome.  It is the most prominent building inside Vatican City.   It is the largest Church in Chritianity and has a capacity of 60,000 people.  Construction of the new Basilica over the older Constantinian Basilica began in April 1506.  Michelangelo was one of the major artitists to contribute to the architecture of St. Peter’s.   You can read more about it by clicking  St. Peter’s.  

I do not think they allow tripods in the Church…so everything must be hand held.  This shot is of the inside of the dome.  I took this hand held…again lucky!   I braced my arms solidly and took 5 exposures.  Such a tough angle looking upwards.  I post processed in Photomatix.  I think you can easily spend a day just inside St. Peter’s!    Talk about a Place 2 Explore…Rome is in the top of the list!

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