Esperimenti in Luce
the basilica sancti petri, the vatican.
stepping into st. peter's basilica is nothing if not awe-inspiring. without having experienced it it's difficult to impart just how big it really is. massive. but at the same time flawlessly proportioned and fabulously decorated. the magnificent stonework, sculptures, mosaics, paintings, and metalwork are exquis on a grand scale, and light pours in beautifully from everywhere.
the quiet belies its cavernous stone interior. whether you are catholic or not (and i am not), the feeling is one of peace and spirituality. even with multiple masses being held the halls barely echo with the sounds of people. it is a serenely beautiful place.