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Day 4 - Rome, Italy

Roma - Piazza San Pietro
Roma - Vatican City
Roma - Vatican City
In front of San Pietro...ramai betul org kat sini...
Roma - Piazza San Pietro
Roma - Vatican City
Roma - Piazza San Pietro
Vatican City
Roma - Piazza San Pietro
Rome memang cantik...
Vatican City
Luar Vatican City
Relax time...kat atas Hotel...
View dari atas Hotel...
Ambik angin puas-puas...esok nak balik dah...
Ni baru betul honeymoon...
Angin kat sini memang segar...sepoi-sepoi bahasa...


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Roma – San Pietro
The colonnade is by Bernini. Between the colonnades and the obelisk, there are round stones set in the pavement. If you stand on one of these, you can appreciate the perfection of the structures. The four rows of columns create three galleries. The middle one is wider than the side galleries, and has at times been used for Corpus Christi procession.
The water in the fountains is from Lake Bracciano, brought here by the aqueduct built by Pope Paul V (1605-1621). The one on the right is the original designed by Maderno. Later, the colonnades made it necessary to make a copy to balance it. You can see the the older (1612) has the arms of Pope Paul V, while the copy (1675) has the arms of Pope Clement X.
The obelisk was brought from Egypt by Emperor Caligula. It is said to be the only obelisk in Rome that did not fall during the Middle Ages. It was placed in the Circus of Caligula and Nero, at a spot marked by a bronze plaque in the Piazza of the Roman Protomartyrs just outside the sacristy of the basilica. This spot is inside the Vatican City, so unless you can get permission to enter, you won't be able to see it up close. If you want to see the approximate location anyway, look through the entrance to the Vatican City on the left side of the basilica, just past the bookshop. You'll then see the piazza and the sacristy. When the new basilica was built and the Piazza San Pietro laid out, the obelisk was moved to its present location. It was re-erected by Domenico Fontana on 10th September 1586. 900 men and 50 horses where used to raise the obelisk, which is more than 37 metres high, to its upright position. To ensure that no one lost their consentration, Pope Sixtus V had ordered complete silence during the operation. However, a sailor who was watching noticed that the cables were heating up under the enourmous strain, and cried out: "Water on the ropes!". By daring to break the Pope's order, he saved the obelisk, and he was rewarded with a choice of some privilege. He chose that the palm leaves used in the basilica in papal ceremonies on Palm Sunday should be supplied from his farm for as long as it was in his family's ownership. The reliquary on top of the obelisk contains a piece of the True Cross.








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