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4.3 out of 5 stars
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4.3 out of 5 stars


on 27 August 2010
This is a beautiful book with a fabulous layout of pictures and text. It really takes the reader on a tour inside the Vatican. There's a wonderful section about the Vatican's first citizen, the Holy Father. Also, the book allows the reader to get a feel of day to day life in this little 'State', by following the activities of several people who live and work there. I specially liked the section on the sacristy of St Peter's. Bringing all the treasures of the wonderful Vatican into book form is impossible, but with Father Michael Collin's writing and the amazing pictures, this book comes very close to doing just that. I have given it five stars for attempt.
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on 9 August 2012
The first half of this lavishly illustrated book covers territory which can be readily found in a host of other works; it is in the second half that the author ventures into much greater terra incognita when he reveals what daily life is like in the world's smallest sovereign state (and one of its most secretive).
One of the ways the author does this is by focusing on an average day in the lives of a wide variety of individuals, from an assistant of ceremonies to a long-serving Swiss Guard. We also learn about how the Holy See functions and what happens when a Pope dies.
The book ends by taking us into a secret room behind the Sistine Chapel, which houses the Papal Sacristy. The Sacristy is overseen by the wonderfully titled Master of Pontifical Celebrations, who looks after the precious vestments and liturgical objects once used by the popes. Here we are introduced to everything from be-jewelled monstrances and missals to silver and gold cruets and chalices.
This is a book which reveals more about the treasures of the Vatican than its secrets, but it is no less the poorer for that.
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on 20 May 2014
Unparalleled look into life inside the Holy City another excellent and great book from the D&K stable on the Eternal City
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on 16 January 2016
Nice book good photography a nice reference of visits made
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on 24 September 2016
EXCELLENT
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on 6 March 2015
Not my cup of tea bought as a gift
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