Photographer's Note

Having recently returned from a trip to Europe, I have hundreds of photos to choose from, but relatively little time to post them. The visits to Florence and Rome were certainly among the highlights of the 10-city trip, and in most cases, I used my more elaborate Nikon D200 to produce the photos. Here I used my IPhone IV. I found that the phone created better images than the more expensive camera. (If I had used a tripod and set up the Nikon manually, I would have produced better photos.)

Churches had been located at this site as early as the 4th Century AD. The present St. Peter's Papal Basilica, one of the most important churches of Christendom and one of the greatest architectural wonders on earth, was a creation of the High and Late Renaissance. It was designed by Bramante, its construction commencing in 1506. Fifty years later the magnificent dome crowning the building was created according to a design by the immortal Michelangelo. By the time the edifice was completed in 1626, one-hundred and twenty years after its construction began, it had numbered among its artist/architects Bernini.

As I braced myself to take this photo, I could see to my right people milling about "the Pieta", arguably Michelangelo's greatest sculpture, carved when the sculptor was only 25. Here the parallel shafts of light entering through the cupola created a magical, breath taking scene. Anyone having the time and energy should climb the winding spiral staircase of the dome for an unforgettable glimpse of The View from the Top.

This image will be placed in a new group theme, DOMES. I Welcome others to contribute.

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