Wednesday, 23 November 2011

St Peter's 'Square'

This is a scan of an old photograph taken in Vatican City in 1989. I've been there twice and on both occasions have wondered why St Peter's Square is circular - or perhaps more accurately - oval. (See: Google Maps.) Either way, it is curved as the photograph shows. It is certainly not a square. In fact, from above, the whole space in front of St Peter's Basilica is somewhat keyhole-shaped. Could this be a deliberate reference to St Peter being promised the keys of the kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 16:18-19)?