Walking through the Vatican and St. Peter's Cathedral

• Walk through the Vatican and St. Peter's

Vatican City - the smallest officially recognized by the state in the world that is inside of Rome. Today we walk through the Vatican area and look at its main church - St. Peter's Basilica.

Walking through the Vatican and St. Peter's Cathedral

The Vatican - is a separate state in the precincts of Rome, headed by the Pope. It is managed by the administrative department of the Pontifical Commission, which is appointed by the Holy See for 5 years. Sovereign of the Holy See in whose hands all power is lumped Pope. The pope is elected for life by the Cardinals. After the death or abdication of the Pope, his duties shall camerlengo with certain restrictions, to the election of a new Pope. About the election process, smoke and so must you know, do not talk about it.

Walking through the Vatican and St. Peter's Cathedral

of the bridge elements:

Walking through the Vatican and St. Peter's Cathedral

Courthouse if I am not mistaken:

Walking through the Vatican and St. Peter's Cathedral

San Angelo Castle:

Walking through the Vatican and St. Peter's Cathedral

As there passes the main flow of tourists coming to the side of the Vatican, street musicians at the height of the work:

Walking through the Vatican and St. Peter's Cathedral

And not only musicians:

Walking through the Vatican and St. Peter's Cathedral

The main square in front of the Vatican's St. Peter's Basilica. There is always a lot of people. Are performances and celebrations. We were in the evening, when a relatively deserted:

Walking through the Vatican and St. Peter's Cathedral

In the area of ​​installed seats for the big event:

Walking through the Vatican and St. Peter's Cathedral

Lantern and right of it is a very important window:

Walking through the Vatican and St. Peter's Cathedral

In this picture I showed the fountain from which it stands in front of the window parishioners Pope:

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Here is the Cathedral of St. Peter:

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The interior of the Cathedral:

Walking through the Vatican and St. Peter's Cathedral

In the creation of the interior and the construction of the Cathedral was attended at different times such famous masters as Raphael and Michelangelo:

Walking through the Vatican and St. Peter's Cathedral

Michelangelo were designed by small domes of the Cathedral, though they erected after his death:

Walking through the Vatican and St. Peter's Cathedral

Floor hatches attract no less attention than other elements of decoration:

Walking through the Vatican and St. Peter's Cathedral

The main altar of the cathedral. From 2nd century believed that it was on this site is the tomb of St. Peter, who took in 66 martyred in the Circus of Nero.:

Walking through the Vatican and St. Peter's Cathedral

The main dome. The drum of the main dome has been erected under the direction of Michelangelo:

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On this plate inscribed with the names of all the Popes, who were at the head of the throne at different times:

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Rare frame. It's hard to find a place inside the cathedral, where there were no tourists and onlookers:

Walking through the Vatican and St. Peter's Cathedral

And finally, the soldiers of the Swiss Vatican Guard. Their number is only 110 people, all Swiss citizens. The official language in the Guard - German. The form has not changed since the Middle Ages and say that it was sewn on the outline of the same Michelangelo.

Walking through the Vatican and St. Peter's Cathedral