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Hello Everyone,

I hope you will forgive me for showing you so many touristy places in Rome, but when it is your first time there, you just have to see the iconic places that you have seen on photographs and read about!

On our way to the Vatican Museum, we passed through St. Peter's Square. To see this colonnade is to stand in awe at the visual effect, and consider the skill of designer and craftsmen.

This open space which lies before the basilica was redesigned by Gian Lorenzo Bernini from 1656 to 1667, under the direction of Pope Alexander VII, as an appropriate forecourt. It was designed "so that the greatest number of people could see the Pope give his blessing, either from the middle of the façade of the church or from a window in the Vatican Palace" . Bernini had been working on the interior of St. Peter's for decades; now he gave order to the front space with his renowned colonnades, using a simplified Doric order but making it on an unprecedented, colossal scale to suit the space and evoke a sense of awe.

I know this colonnade has been posted before so I tried to get a strong composition and for some originality, I used a filter to solarise it. ( liked the effect and I hope you approve, too.) As a workshop, I will post the original.

My warm regards, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7164 W: 315 N: 16466] (65100)
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