Italy - Rome - Vatican - Pontifical Palace

Italy - Rome - Vatican - Pontifical Palace view from dome of St. Peter's.
  • (9)  The great Pontifical Palace, the Vatican, northeast from St. Peter's
              Dome   Rome, Italy    Copyright 1900, by Underwood & Underwood.


  • Underwood & Underwood Publishers.
    New York. London. Toronto - Canada. Ottawa-Kansas.
  • Works and Sun Sculpture (SW trademark) Studios ~
    Washington, D. C. Arlington N.J. Littleton, N.H.
Description (Back): 

     "Off to our right is the great broad city of Rome, with its mass of buildings and ruins collected there during all the long centuries.  Farther than we can see on the left are the Tuscan hills, and winding down before us in the distance is the old Tiber;  but here at our feet, established upon the ruins of an empire is the remarkable palace.  It is the greatest palace in the world in its material proportions.  The enormous extent of its mass of buildings may be estimated, perhaps, by noticing those specks of human forms in the square beyond the palace to the right.  It is only in some such way that we can hope to appreciate the statement that the palace is 1151 feet long, 767 feet wide, that it contains 8 grand staircases, 200 smaller ones, and 20 courts.

     That tiled roof nearest us down at the right, with its lighting rod at the end, is the roof of the Sistine Chapel, built in 1473 by Sextus IV.  The nearest corner of the main palace, whose roof is slightly raised above that of the long building attached to it, contains the most famous picture galleries.  That long left-hand portion of the palace with blinds shut to exclude light, contains on the lower one of its two main floors the gallery of the Library.  That is the longest room in the world, extending nearly the entire length of the palace - a distance of over 1000 feet.  To the left of the mass of buildings the larger gardens of the Vatican begin.  In the hot, stifling days of the long Italian summer the Pope finds rest and vigor in this enchanting spot.  

     Those rows of buildings in the distance, next to the open field, are barracks for the Italian soldiery.  The field is a parade and drill ground."

     Extracts from Rome through the Stereoscope, by D. J. Ellison, D.D. with special "keyed" maps locating each successive standpoint and identifying all important landmarks:  published by Underwood & Underwood.

The great Pontifical Palace, the Vatican, - Rome,


Description and Comments
  • Photographic print mounted on a curved dark gray colored card mount.
  • This stereo view is probably from an Underwood & Underwood set.


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