Looking towards the Basilica
The Swiss Guard - the private "police" of the Pope
The Popes ... and please note as it is their dates of death listed, there are 2 alive today
In AD 64 a Jew, named Peter, was crucified upsidedown and buried in this place. As Jesus had promised, when He had changed Simon's name to Peter, that He would build his Church on the "Rock" of Peter's faith, this is why St Peter's is built here ... and all but for 100 years, the Popes have had this area as their focus.
The statue I mentioned
Michaelangelo's famous statue - Mary cradelling the dead Lord
I love these rays of sunlight