St. Peter's Basilica

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    Vatican City, Rome.

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    Wow, it's been a while since I uploaded anything in black and white...!

    The light beam coming from the front windows is natural, not a photoshop addition. =)

    This is the interior of St. Peter's, with the baldacchino (left) and the nave. The baldacchino is a pavilion-like structure 30 metres (98 ft) tall and claimed to be the largest piece of bronze in the world, which stands beneath the dome and above the altar. It was intended to mark in a monumental way the place of Saint Peter's tomb. It was commissioned by Pope Urban VIII. Works began in July 1623 and ended in 1633.

    Explore #450 (August 24, 2009) - Thank you for your comments and faves!

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    1. Vainsang 83 months ago | reply

      Fantastic ray of light! God?
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    2. Ran_ 83 months ago | reply

      Congratulations on the weekly photo contest :) Well done!
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    3. borealnz 83 months ago | reply

      Such beautiful light! Congrats on the win!

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    4. Micky** 83 months ago | reply

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    5. HuTDoG83 80 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shot! I have a similar shot...

      Quicker Than a Ray of Light...

    6. Glenn Cason 76 months ago | reply

      Absolutely amazing! Great location, timing, exposure.... Thanks for the post.

    7. BumbleDork 75 months ago | reply

      This is fantastic!!! It's absolutely wonderful

    8. OceanViewPalm 74 months ago | reply

      Magnificent, breathtaking shot.

    9. Glenn Cason 73 months ago | reply

      Great photo. This is why we take pictures....

    10. Adagio Tours 72 months ago | reply

      If you wnt to visit the Vatican City for free on Mon. Sept 27 the Vatican Museums and the Sistina Chapel will be open for free

    11. vicky.inglis 70 months ago | reply

      beautiful lighting

    12. Photofreaks [Thank you for 2.000.000 views] 62 months ago | reply

      Perfect! When did you take this shot, because there are no tourists!?

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    13. Rick_Simpson [deleted] 57 months ago | reply

      What a wonderful image. The black-and-white is perfect for this one.

    14. artland 55 months ago | reply

      This is a wonderful shot!
      You are invited to post it to:


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    16. Auensen 49 months ago | reply

      One word: EPIC! Brilliant capture and the rays of light here makes this magical!

    17. victor98_2001 47 months ago | reply

      excellent shot

    18. Bryan Koorstad 46 months ago | reply

      This is an amazing shot... Nicely done.

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