The Dome of St. Peter’s — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Arch, Dome or Half Circle

Here is another entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Arch, Dome or Half Circle.

We took an eight week around the world trip in 2013. To structure the trip, we decided to visit as many religious sites as possible. Our trip included ancient Egyptian temples, cathedrals, Hindu and Jain temples, a Jewish synagogue, and Buddhist shrines.

One of our stops was St. Peter’s Basilica. It was breathtaking. The following is one of our favorite images from that stop. This is the view looking straight up at the dome with light streaming through the windows.

This photo was taken on February 19, 2013.

Looking down Vatican double helix staircase

Stairway

This photograph looks down at the Vatican’s double helix staircase from above.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Vatican double helix staircase, looking down

In 1932, Giuseppe Momo designed the double helix staircase used by visitors to the Vatican museums. His design was inspired by the Bramante Staircase, which is located in the Vatican’s Pio-Clementine Museum but not available to the general public. The original Bramante Staircase was designed for use by mules and horses to carry large items. The two staircases of the modern staircase are intertwining “up” and “down” staircases, designed so that people going up do not meet people going down. Now, all visitors use this staircase to leave the museums at the end of their visits.

 

 

 

 

 

Looking up Vatican double helix staircase

Stairway

This photograph looks up at the Vatican’s double helix staircase from below.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Vatican double helix staircase, looking up

In 1932, Giuseppe Momo designed the double helix staircase used by visitors to the Vatican museums. His design was inspired by the Bramante Staircase, which is located in the Vatican’s Pio-Clementine Museum but not available to the general public. The original Bramante Staircase was designed for use by mules and horses to carry large items. The two staircases of the modern staircase are intertwining “up” and “down” staircases, designed so that people going up do not meet people going down. Now, all visitors use this staircase to leave the museums at the end of their visits.

Architecture & Monochrome

Today’s challenge is to capture the beauty and complexity of architecture in black and white or monochrome.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Coliseum, Rome, Italy

This wide-angle photo of the Coliseum in Rome, Italy, was taken in February, 2013. The photo has been converted to black and white.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Fence detail, Parc Güell, Barcelona, Spain

This wide-angle photo of a fence in Parc Güell in Barcelona, Spain was taken in Spring, 2015. The photo has been converted to black and white, but the fence is in its original color.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Passion Façade, La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

This photo shows the exterior of the Basílica  de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain, in Spring 2015. This is the stylized Passion Façade, completed in 2012, showing the events leading to the crucifixion of Christ.  This photo, converted to black and white, was taken in Spring, 2015.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
La Sagrada Familia Basilica (Barcelona, Spain)

Another photo of the exterior of the Basílica  de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain, shows ongoing construction Spring, 2015. The colors are original.