Vatican 2001


The Weekly (Wednesday) Papal Audience (Pope John Paul II)





The Swiss guard. Members of the Pope's visible security force


Piazza di San Pietro getting ready for the Wednesday audience and the majestic St Peter's Basilika

Note the three windows of the Papal apartment to the right

Inside the cavernous St. Peter's Basilica with a view of Bernini's fabulous altar

St. Peter's Basilica, designed by Michelangelo, age 72, and finished after his death in 1590


Michelangelo's Pieta on permanent display in St. Peter's Basilica. Completed when Michelangelo was just 24. Because of the hammer attack in 1972, by some crazed Hungarian, who thought he was Jesus Christ, it is now behind bullet-proof glass


Body of Pope John XIII entombed in St. Peter's Basilica


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