|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.