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Swirly Stairs - Vatican Museum


Tomasz Nowicki Travel Photography

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Swirly Stairs - Vatican Museum


Tomasz Nowicki Travel Photography

 

VATICAN

photo: Vatican Museum - Swirly Stairs

At only 110 acres and population of 842, the Vatican is the world’s smallest country. It is also the seat of authority for one of the world’s largest religious denominations - The Roman Catholic Church. It is also one of the world’s youngest nations. Established in 1929 by the Treaty of Lateran, Pope Pius XI finally admitted the loss of the Papal States in 1870 by the formation of the Kingdom of Italy. One of my most favourite photos headlines this section - the Spiral Stairs in the Vatican Museums. In 1932 Giuseppe Momo designed this famous set of steps for the Holy See. Today hardly a photographer, professional or amateur, leaves the Vatican Museums without having a go at photographing this architectural icon. During my recent trip to Rome I was fortunate to attend an audience of the new Pope, Francis I. The event was fantastic. The crowd cheered the Holy Father around the throngs of guests to the Eternal City. Although I am not religious, the experience was mesmerising and captivating.

 
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Stairs - St. Peters Square


Piazza San Pietro

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Stairs - St. Peters Square


Piazza San Pietro

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Meeting Pope Francis


Pope Francis

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Meeting Pope Francis


Pope Francis

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Pope Francis greeting his flock

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Pope Francis greeting his flock