Inside the Vatican

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For almost a year, veteran National Geographic photographer Jim Stanfield captured nearly every corner of the Vatican, both 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. Rarely seen areas of the complex, such as the Pope’s personal quarters and the world-renowned ...
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Overview

For almost a year, veteran National Geographic photographer Jim Stanfield captured nearly every corner of the Vatican, both 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. Rarely seen areas of the complex, 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 an unrivaled insider’s look into this amazing nation.

In this revised trade paperback 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.

Stanfield was granted unprecedented access to areas rarely open to the public and spent nearly a year in collaboration with McDowell to create this extraordinary, behind-the-scenes tour of the Vatican, revealing its secrets and magnificent art treasures. 150 full-color photos.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
YA-- One of the most impressive books published by the National Geographic Society. Its large format highlights the superb photographs: views of the buildings, people, grounds, and art treasures that most readers will have never seen before. With its combination of readable text and outstanding pictures, it's the next best thing to being there.&-
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A stunning tour through the extravagant Vatican: the Pope's private apartments and chapel; the necropolis beneath St. Peter's Basilica; the community that flourishes within the Vatican walls; St. Peter's and the Vatican museums; the history of the sacred city-state; and the private side of the reigning Pope, John Paul II. Approximately 150 color photos by James L. Stanfield. The deluxe edition features embossed leatherette cover, gilt-edged pages, and a satin ribbon place marker. The regular edition (unseen by Reference and Research Book News) is priced at $29.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594468073
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 102,359
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bart McDowell a Texan by birth, covered topics ranging from Japan to the Aztecs during his 32 years with National Geographic Magazine.

James Stanfield is a National Geographic Society photographer. He has four times been named Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers’ Association.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    Inside the Vatican

    Great book which will leave the reader wanting more.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    Beautiful Pictures

    This book is great if your looking for an introduction to the Vatican and its workings. However, there is really no surprises information wise. The pictures in this book are breathtaking. I would recommend this to someone looking for basic inside info. on the Vatican, its layout and artwork.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2008

    Honestly! I expected more 'inside' info or pictures

    Well, I guess part of the problem is that I expected to see more of the 'inside' information and pictures in this book. It is more of a picture book with a few notations and some small feature type articles, but nothing really mind-blowing. I thought there would be more pictures of the 'never before seen', but it was not meant to be. Still, it does have beautiful pictures of the Holy See. Not a total loss, it is very aesthetically pleasing.

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