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At the outset, I apologize for the lack of sharpness in this photo.

Between September 22-27, Pope Francis will be visiting Washington, New York and Philadelphia. Hundreds of thousands of Catholics and other Christians in the three American cities are gearing up to greet him. John Cannon (tyro) was gracious, asking why it had been tucked away in my archives for the past four years, and had not been posted. Here a shaft of light entering through a window in the cupola does indeed create a magical scene. But having shot the scene without a tripod, and with a glacier shutter speed, I was dissatisfied with the sharpness.

Moreover, I hope you do not regard it as sacrilegious, but a statue in a niche appears to be calling out, "Beam me up, Scotty!"

Churches had been located at this site as early as the 4th Century AD. The present St. Peter's Papal Basilica, one of the most important churches of Christendom and one of the greatest architectural wonders on earth, was a creation of the High and Late Renaissance. It was designed by Bramante, its construction commencing in 1506. Fifty years later the magnificent dome crowning the building was created according to a design by the immortal Michelangelo. By the time the edifice was completed in 1626, one-hundred and twenty years after its construction began, it had included among its artist/architects Bernini.

As I braced myself to take this photo, I could see to my right people milling about "the Pieta", arguably Michelangelo's greatest sculpture, carved when the sculptor was only 25.

Anyone having the time and energy should climb the winding spiral staircase of the dome for an unforgettable glimpse of The View from the Top.

This image will be placed in the group theme, DOMES. I Welcome others to contribute.

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