Photographer's Note

Perhaps the most famous feature in the Vatican is the colonnade of marble columns surrounding most of St. Peter's Square. It has been likened to "the maternal arms of Mother Church" embracing the visitors.

There are 284 columns in four rows, each 16 meter high. The colonnade was designed by the famous sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680) and built in the 1660's.

There are many photos on TE showing the Bernini colonnade, but comparatively few seem to have been taken inside it with such a close view of the columns.

This photo was taken in the summer of 1969 and is scanned from, I believe, an Agfacolor CT18 slide. I think the nearest lady's dress may attract more views than the actual colonnade.

I guess a scan of a 52 year old photo should explain the low quality.

An unrelated view is in the WS.

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