Inside the Vatican

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National Geographic Books, 2005 - Photography - 232 pages
This lavishly illustrated guide through the Vatican captures the people, the treasures, and the inner workings of the center of the Roman Catholic Church. Bart McDowell takes readers through centuries of Vatican history, describing the days of the Roman Empire, the glorious years of the Renaissance, the power struggle between Church and State that endured from the late 7th century until 1929, and much more. Since the center of the Roman Catholic Church is also the world's smallest nation, McDowell explains religious matters, such as the process of canonization, and governmental operations of the Vatican-highlighted by a visit with Pope John Paul II as he attends to his many daily duties. Photographer James L. Stanfield spent nearly a year inside the Vatican with unprecedented access to its museums, ceremonies, and people. His full-color photographs show art that few visitors to the Vatican have the chance to see-works of such masters as Michelangelo and Raphael-and provide private viewings of Pope John Paul II's quarters, the necropolis beneath St. Peter's Basilica, and world-renowned libraries. Through these beautiful and exclusive photographs and the revealing text that accompanies them, Inside the Vatican celebrates a small, dynamic community unique in the world.

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James Stanfield is one of the premier photographers of our time. Through his perseverance and his time (years!) spent with people inside the Vatican, the Swiss guard, clerics close to the Pope, people ... Read full review

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An impressive collection of amazing full page, color photographs (many of which are unavailable anywhere else) that bring the gorgeous architecture and art of the Vatican to life. I had been hoping ... Read full review


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The Holy See
The CityState
The Treasures
The Modern Papacy
The Popes
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Bart McDowell, a retired National Geographic editor, is the author of Journey Across Russia.

James L. Stanfield, has photographed and produced more than 50 stories for National Geographic Magazine. Photographer. He was granted unprecedented access to areas in the Vatican rarely open to the public and spent nearly a year working on this book. He is the author of Eye of the Beholder and has four times been named Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers' Association.

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