Photos by Michael Thumand

St. Peter’s Basilica

Published: November 6, 2016

St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican in Rome is perhaps the most famous church in the world, and it is the centre of the Roman-Catholic Church. The official name of the church is Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano (or in English Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican).

The construction of the church began in 1506 and was not finished until more than a hundred years later in 1626. Allegedly it is build on the site were Saint Peter died. He was a disciple of Jesus and was the first pope.

Needless to say the church is in itself a work of art. I hope that is reflected in the pictures below although the lightning were not the best for taking photographs.

As a sidenote I accidentally got access to a mess, but all I wanted was to have a closer look at the alter. However, I thought it could be interesting, and I decided to stay hoping for the pope to make an appearance, but he did not.

Later, while walking to my hotel, a huge escort of cars and police raced by in the direction towards the Vatican. In one of the cars I saw a priest looking very much like the pope. However, it all went so fast that I cannot tell for sure.