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This remarkable staircase is located in the Vatican, and connects the Apostolic Palace to St. Peter's Basilica. It is one of the most architecturally challenging structures in the complex, because it occupies a narrow strip of space between the church and the palace. In order to make it appear symmetrical, the architect had to move the columns progressively closer to the walls, so they're situated at an angle, which is remarkable. It was built by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger in the early 16th century but it was later restored by Bernini (1663-1666). The latter employed a number of theatrical effects, so the result is something of an optical illusion of perspective, by using the barrel-vaulted colonnade which narrows at the end, exaggerating the distance. To complicate matters, there are several flights of stairs, but from this vantage point the staircase appears almost unbroken and uniform. It's an amazing feat of engineering, one highly underrated in this particular locale. There is also an equestrian statue of Constantine, giving some idea of the scale.

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  • Copyright: Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 73 W: 75 N: 397] (1082)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-12-00
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-03-03 3:51
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