Copyright 2011 Megan Hammer
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The red sun setting over St. Peter’s dome cast an almost angelic aura about the edges. The papal blessing had ended not five minutes ago, but already the streets were nearly empty. The small cafés had closed for the night and the only sounds that could be heard with any clarity were the singing of evening vespers from inside the walled cloisters and monasteries. The ancient buildings’ long shadows fell upon the ground while smaller shadows landed at odd angles, eating up the little sunlight that managed to sneak past the gothic architecture in the waning day.