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Basilica of Saint Peter - Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano

The St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican State inside Rome is the largest Christian church in the world. The cathedral covers 23,000 m2 and accommodates 60,000 people.

Used by the Pope for most of the Papal ceremonies like the Easter Vigil Mass.

Right now while I write this on Easter Sunday the large eastern Mass in St. Peter's Square in front of the Basilica take place.

This QTVR is as far as I know the only existing one from inside the Basilica. Photography inside the Basilica is allowed but using a tripod is not allowed which makes it very difficult to do a high Quality Spherical panorama.

The Vatican has strict rules for professional photographers and getting a permission is hard.

As the Basilica is always full of tourists it makes it even more difficult. Inaki Rezola made this one freehand using a fullframe fisheye lens. This means 6-8 images around + 1 image up and down.

View also the St Peter's Square at the death of the Pope 2005

Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore

Links:

St Peter's Basilica at Wikipedia

Rome Arounder

VR Photo
Inaki Rezola

Technical data:

Camera: Nikon D70 + Nikkor 10,5mm fisheye.

Panohead: Freehand

Software: PTGui-PTMac CubicConverter

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