Photo in St. Peter's Square with the Basilica front.
Vatican City Listeni/ˈvætɨkən ˈsɪti/, or Vatican City State, in Italian officially Stato della Città del Vaticano (pronounced [ˈstaːto della t͡ʃitˈta del vatiˈkaːno]), is a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome, Italy. It has an area of approximately 44 hectares (110 acres), and a population of just over 800. This makes Vatican City the smallest independent state in the world by both area and population.
Vatican City was established in 1929 by the Lateran Treaty, signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Gasparri, on behalf of the Holy See and by Prime Minister Benito Mussolini on behalf of the Kingdom of Italy. Vatican City State is distinct from the Holy See, which dates back to early Christianity and is the main episcopal see of 1.2 billion Latin and Eastern Catholic adherents around the globe. Ordinances of Vatican City are published in Italian; official documents of the Holy See are issued mainly in Latin. The two entities have distinct passports: the Holy See, not being a country, issues only diplomatic and service passports, whereas Vatican City State issues normal passports. In each case very few passports are issued.
The Lateran Treaty in 1929, which brought the city-state into existence, spoke of it as a new creation (Preamble and Article III), not as a vestige of the much larger Papal States (756–1870) that had previously encompassed much of central Italy. Most of this territory was absorbed into the Kingdom of Italy in 1860, and the final portion, namely the city of Rome with Lazio, ten years later, in 1870.
Vatican City is an ecclesiastical or sacerdotal-monarchical state, ruled by the Bishop of Rome—the Pope. The highest state functionaries are all Catholic clergymen of various national origins. It is the sovereign territory of the Holy See (Sancta Sedes) and the location of the Pope's residence, referred to as the Apostolic Palace.
The Popes have generally resided in the area that in 1929 became Vatican City since the return from Avignon in 1377, but have also at times resided in the Quirinal Palace in Rome and elsewhere. Previously, they resided in the Lateran Palace on the Caelian Hill on the far side of Rome from the Vatican. Emperor Constantine gave this site to Pope Miltiades in 313. The signing of the agreements that established the new state took place in the latter building, giving rise to the name of Lateran Pacts, by which they are known.
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Afsanehbagheri (3228) 2012-03-03 12:28
Hi my friend
Beautiful black and white documentary look at the
building in the direction of movement and lovely
Sonata11 (33717) 2012-03-03 12:39
this wonderful composition of Basilica looks amazingly beautiful even in B&W color and fabulous surroundings. Great executed with fantastic sharpness, crisp clarity, POV and DOF too. That is the most amazingly beautiful architecture. We were at the same year 2004. Perfectly well done. Love it. Thanks for sharing.
All the best and have a nice WE,
ciakgiak (30423) 2012-03-03 12:41
Bella cartolina in bn di una delle piazze più belle del mondo.
Non fosse per il vestiario della gente potrebbe essere una scena anni '60.
Un caro abbraccio
vasilpro (41187) 2012-03-03 12:48
Superb B/W composition, excellent light management, beautiful atmosphere, lovely light and gray tones, great clarity, very nice view to that wonderful and famous building, TfS!
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
bukitgolfb301 (38512) 2012-03-03 13:40
Hi HOLA my dear Goncalo, how are you?
A marvelous architecture shot as your sense and inspiration!
Typical European/Vatican image, I like very much.
So sharp and clear B&W color image, so Impressive!!!
Well considered composition and reasonable framework is comfortable as usual!
Thanks for your sharinig with finest posting and have a beautiful Sunday!
Takero from Tokyo becoming warm
PS. I am now getting well.
lousat (85018) 2012-03-03 14:54
Hi Goncalo,a beautiful postcard from Rome,not usual to see a black and white in your gallery and maybe this is the perfect shot to try so,impressive sharpness and light balance too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-03-03 15:03
Crente ou descrente, é sempre uma emoção ver a Basílica, tão imponente e tão rico. O símbolo é forte, a imagem é muito bem feito. De boa qualidade. Bravo.
jmdias (59966) 2012-03-03 15:18
a vista clássica do vaticano. gostod a sua opção pelo branco e preto que salienta mais as formas. a bem da verdade não é um edifício estonteante visto de fora. lidna foto.
jusninasirun (17162) 2012-03-03 17:02
This is a wonderful b+w composition with fine contrast and saturation. The people in the square have good balance against the stunning architecture. Lovely details and well metered exposure.
Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.
bayno (18344) 2012-03-03 18:25
Beautiful B & W of my beloved city, the dome always makes its effect, very sharp image...
have a good sunday,
Nicou (133338) 2012-03-03 20:50
Merveilleuse basilique quelle compo NB superbe vue avec la belle place les personnage superbe.
Bravo et amitié
dkmurphys (54445) 2012-03-03 22:18
Simple and very beautiful scene from that amazing place. Classical bw postcard.
Have a lovely Sunday.
Silvio1953 (133690) 2012-03-04 3:07
Ciao Goncalo, great view of fantastic church, beautiful B&W, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful perspective, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
siudzi (34141) 2012-03-04 3:07
Very beautiful image of this well-know square. Perfectly cropped and composed view with people who bring life to that place. Excellent b&w version here.
Have a nice Sunday!
timecapturer (49288) 2012-03-04 4:10
a beautifully detailed shot of this famous and magnificent place. Looks so wonderful in this B&W presentation. Effective lines that entice you into the image so irresistably.
Enjoy your Sunday - Brian.
francio64 (39784) 2012-03-04 13:29
una classica della Basilica di San Pietro, con un ottimo viraggio in bianco e nero.
Ottima gestione della luce e scena ben animata dalla presenza dei turisti.
Royaldevon (34665) 2012-03-04 13:38
B&W shots are not common in your gallery but this one really stands out for its clarity; the details are pin-sharp.
You have chosen a fine pov, using the contrasting floor texture to create a strong, f/g triangle and it also makes a diagonal lead. I like how you have waited for the figure to walk down the line, adding strength, adding scale and giving perspective.
My warm regards,
pierrefonds (61868) 2012-03-04 17:24
The wideness of the St-Peter's Square is giving depth to the composition. The point or view is showing the details of the architecture of the Basilica. The black and white is giving a good contrast to the picture. Have a nice day.
emka (89301) 2012-03-04 23:22
Nioce photo from Rome, in black and white it has an old look. Excellent composition and sharpness. Timeless shot.
macjake (63154) 2012-03-05 0:21
although its a building we've seen many times before, somehow this one is still unique.
excellent composition, and all the people play a vital role in the scene too.
the choice to go black and white worked out well, i probably wouldn't have thougth of that here.
very sharp, and with excellent clarity.
danos (92538) 2012-03-05 0:34
nice the view of the B/W format of the Basilica,with the lot of visitors to visit the St. Peter's square.I like the good presentation as the quality of the image.
Have a good week,Danos
jhm (146570) 2012-03-05 2:10
I don't know why you the color picture not add as second picture.
The people in the square have good balance against the stunning architecture.
Excellent depth and perspective image.
Very well done, TFS.
Cricri (113589) 2012-03-05 4:44
Très jolie architecture, les détails comme les sculptures sur le toit et le dôme, bon choix du N/B bien contrasté, belle réalisation
ikeharel (65141) 2012-03-05 9:00
The choise of B&W on grey sky's was perfect, Goncalo, and this enhances the outlines of a great architecture on this known place.
People always crowd there, and they dynamically mingle in this fine image.
Ricx (13495) 2012-03-05 10:43
Hi Goncalo, This Basilica is fantastic, especially with all the people in the fg? nicely posted in BW congrats Ric
jemaflor (91223) 2012-03-05 12:11
Nice shot about this famous monument, well framed, good result with this b&w version.
delpeoples (56004) 2012-03-06 0:15
Ola dear Goncalo
Beautiful B&W photo of the piazza and duomo. It's absolutely timeless. Well-composed and well-realised. Thanks for sharing.
Parabens y um abraco
Lidschlag (62) 2012-03-06 4:42
I have been in Italy three years ago.
As ist seems nothing has chanced.
I like your take in black and white on such a famous location.
Nicely done, richt grayscale.
jaywalker (16101) 2012-03-06 5:23
Hi Goncalo, A nice use of B/W & I think it has highlighted the detail superbly, I like the way the people add a busy look & well managed light, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
siamesa (28105) 2012-03-06 14:05
Boa noite Gonçalo
Beleza de foto em P&B. Belíssima basílica. Perfeito ponto de vista.Perfeita. Parabéns.
TopGeo (38216) 2012-03-06 15:00
Hello Goncalo! Beautiful B&W very dynamic perspective of daily life city with St. Peter's Square with the Basilica I like your POV which make the church bigest. The contrasts of the shadows are excellent.
npecanhuk (72000) 2012-03-06 16:12
Foto clássica desse belo lugar!
Destaque para o pdv escolhido, a composição simples e eficiente, a nitidez e a exposição!
Gostei da escolha do preto & branco também!
Parabéns, abração e até mais,
Angshu (56738) 2012-03-07 5:23
Fine presentation in black & white. The crispness of the shot & the tones of grey comes out well. Well framed with good FG interset
kato (11630) 2012-03-08 8:29
You're capturing well this place by a good angle and excellent B/W tone, so it's impressive to see the Basilica and the square in front of it. And, you catch well tourist's movement. And, good contrast.
mesutilgim (90670) 2012-03-08 11:45
You allready know that I'm a friend of b&W photography !
This capture of the StPeters Square is a topclass work.
It's simply timeless as the cathedral itself.
TFS and best regards
josepmarin (58085) 2012-03-09 0:19
Olá, amigo Gonçalo,
parece que el día estaba muy nublado y gris, y la opción del blanco y negro da un buen resultado para una exposición correcta, además de un toque de formalidad ante una arquitectura tan impresionante.
Me gusta el encuadre, que equilibra el dinamismo y la vitalidad de la gente en la plaza, con las históricas piedras de la Basílica.
Un buen trabajo.
Fis2 (92113) 2012-03-10 11:11
Ta bazylika jest znana na ca³ym ¶wiecie.
Tutaj ³adnie pokazana w czarno-bia³ych kolorach.
Dobry kadr i kompozycja.
batalay (37447) 2012-03-12 8:36
This a classic shot from almost eight years ago. You have already critiqued it, but you can see where I was standing when I took the photo with View from the Top. In B&W, the photo works very well, creating a timeless atmosphere.
Um abraço, Gonçalo,
abmdsudi (48735) 2012-04-27 6:47
A lovely composition. And you have captured great depth in this shot and I like how the prominent building tops balance the foreground of the rest of the image. The crispiness and clarity add to the shot in excellent cool tones. Very nice work indeed. Congrats, TFS
Have a great WE
- Copyright: Goncalo Lopes (Bluejeans) (64251)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2004-09-29
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4300
- Exposure: f/4.8, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Trip by car Europa 2004
- Theme(s): My favorite B&W [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-03-03 11:46