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St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy

In September, Times staff writer Susan Spano took us on a head-spinning tour of Vatican City. In ancient times, a low hill on the west side of the Tiber River in Rome overlooked a sports field, or circus, marked by a red granite obelisk from Egypt. In AD 64, the Apostle Peter was crucified and... Richard Derk / Los Angeles Times