Veteran National Geographic photographer Jim Stanfield has captured nearly every corner of the Vatican, the world's smallest country and the center of the Roman Catholic Church.
Along with author Bart McDowell, he provides an insider's view into the history of this 108.7-acre enclave, from the first St. Peter's, built in the fourth century, through the amazing reign of Pope John Paul II and beyond.
Get an unrivaled insider's look into this amazing nation through photos of areas that are normally off-limits, such as the Pope's personal quarters and the world-renowned libraries, and up-close views of the stunning and priceless art and architecture provide .
In this expanded softcover edition, Washington Post writer Howard Schneider brings the story of the Vatican up-to-date, including the death and funeral of Pope John Paul II and the selection and ordination of Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Benedict XVI's recent trip to the United States is also documented in poignant words and images.
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. 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 been named Photographer of the Year four times by the White House News Photographers' Association.
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