|St. Peter's Basilica dome rises beyond the Ponte Sisto and the Tiber River.|
|Above, a cross section through the Piazza and Basilica of St. Peter, looking south.|
Below, a cut-away drawing of the dome, cupola in Italian.
|Above, visitors crowd the railing just above the dome.|
Below, the first few steps after elevator delivery to the roof.
|Views through the balcony security screen. Above, the chancel holding St. Peter's Chair.|
Below, the Baldacchino is just visible at the right.
|Delicately detailed mosaics dwarf normal humans.|
|A peak through a slit window|
|These people are standing vertical,|
but the domes are sloping in.
|Looking up between the inner and outer domes.|
|Looking south toward the Gianicolo. |
Garibaldi's statue is among the gray, leafless plane trees at the left.
|The governance building and piazza of Vatican City.|
Below, the herbaceous coat-of-arms of Benedict XVI.
|Above, Radio Vatican.|
Below, the expansive Vatican Museums.
|The shadow of the cupola falls across the Sistine Chapel.|
|Looking east across the piazza and down Via della Conciliazione to the Tiber.|
|Old Rome, with the Pantheon just left of center, the white Vittorio Emanuele II monument at right.|
|Above, looking back at the dome from the roof over one of the nave side aisles.|
Below, a lion honors Pope Sixtus V, who finally got the dome done.
|Above, lanterns act as skylights into the basilica.|
Below, statues of Jesus, John the Baptist and 11 of the apostles look out from the top of the façade.
Peter's statue is elsewhere.