Pictures like this just blow me away – the inside of St. Peter’s looks like an entirely different world, lightyears away from the chaos and banality of life outside its doors. The entire massive basilica just radiates with a supernatural aura of sacred mystery and reverence. Truly this is a foretaste of Heaven!
Michael, I think it is the way they use to light the place. Notice all the strings of chandeliers along the sides of the nave, and the Throne. Now they have these large rectangular flood lights on the top. More efficient I’m sure, but certainly not as beautiful.
Absolutely fabulous images. St. Peter’s truly does represent the Gate of Heaven! This is a visual lesson on why church’s need to be places of the greatest beauty and solemnity that can be afforded. This truly lifts the heart to God.
I am interested in the third picture from the top. I was curious about the image that is apparently covering the Holy Spirit window at this beatification Mass. I have no problem with it, and it seems appropriate given the statue surround the window.
I’m curious if this is something that was common at beatifications and canonizations back in the day.