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Jun 27 1584

Vatican Rome by René Langer

An extraordinary journey to the Vatican City in Rome on my 40th Birthday. 

My name is René Langer and I´m an avid photographer based in Austria. I´m a Sony enthusiast and use some of the Sony Alpha cameras. This summer, on my birthday, my wife surprised me with a trip to Rome, and we got a chance to visit the Vatican City. I've always been interested in the myths of the Vatican and of course, I fell in love with this place although I´m not a believer (within the meaning of the church). But you don´t have to be a believer to see and feel all the beauty and magic of this venue.


Caligula captured the obelisk that stands in St. Peter’s Square.

Roman Emperor Caligula built a small circus in his mother’s gardens at the base of Vatican Hill where charioteers trained and where Nero is thought to have martyred the Christians. To crown the center of the amphitheater, Caligula had his forces transport from Egypt a pylon that had originally stood in Heliopolis.

 The Sistine Chapel ceiling was painted by Michelangelo.

The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, is a cornerstone work of High Renaissance art. The ceiling is that of the Sistine Chapel, the large papal chapel built within the Vatican between 1477 and 1480 by Pope Sixtus IV, for whom the chapel is named. It was painted at the commission of Pope Julius II. The chapel is the location for papal conclaves and many important services.

St. Peter's Baldachin inside the Basilica

The Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) are the museums of the Vatican City.

They display works from the immense collection built up by the Popes throughout the centuries including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. There are 54 galleries, or sale, in total with the Sistine Chapel, notably, being the very last sala within the Museum. It is one of the largest museums in the world.

Gardens of Vatican City also informally known as the Vatican Gardens.

They display works from the immense collection built up by the Popes throughout the centuries including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. There are 54 galleries, or sale, in total with the Sistine Chapel, notably, being the very last sala within the Museum. It is one of the largest museums in the world.

The gardens cover approximately 23 hectares (57 acres) which is most of the Vatican Hill. The highest point is 60 metres (200 ft) above mean sea level. Stone walls bound the area in the North, South and West. The gardens and parks were established during the Renaissance and Baroque era and are decorated with fountains and sculptures.

Papal General Audience - The Jubilee of Mercy Audience with Pope Francis.

The Jubilee of Mercy is very special and happens every 25 years. On April 11, 2015, Pope Francis announced in a Bull of Indiction the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. This Jubilee Holy Year began on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and ends on November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of the Feast of Christ the King.


Stunning views onto the Vatican City from all over Rome.

Encircled by a 2-mile border with Italy, Vatican City is an independent city-state that covers just over 100 acres, making it one-eighth the size of New York’s Central Park. Vatican City is governed as an absolute monarchy with the pope at its head. The Vatican mints its own euros, prints its own stamps, issues passports and license plates, operates media outlets and has its own flag and anthem. One government function it lacks: taxation. Museum admission fees, stamp and souvenir sales, and contributions generate the Vatican’s revenue


Thanks for letting me share my Day at the Vatican City in Rome with you.

All Pictures taken with a SONY A7R2, SONY GM 24-70mm Lense and ZEISS Batis 18mm ultra wide angle Lense.

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