The Gardens of the Vatican Kildare Dobbs

ISBN: 9780711229709

Published: March 24th 2009

Hardcover

160 pages


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The Gardens of the Vatican  by  Kildare Dobbs

The Gardens of the Vatican by Kildare Dobbs
March 24th 2009 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 160 pages | ISBN: 9780711229709 | 6.33 Mb

Twenty-seven years in the making, The Gardens of the Vatican is a private photographic tour of eight centuries of green thoughts in a green shade. Reflecting the general history of gardening, the several gardens in the Vatican span worlds — theMoreTwenty-seven years in the making, The Gardens of the Vatican is a private photographic tour of eight centuries of green thoughts in a green shade. Reflecting the general history of gardening, the several gardens in the Vatican span worlds — the Persian-influenced quadrant gardens of the Teuton Cemetery and the Secret garden (adorned with lemon-trees in pots) are joined by gardens in the Italian, French, and English styles.

The book is also rich in anecdote and detail: Pope John XXIII liked to ramble along the pathways and chat with the gardeners whereas his predecessor, Pius XII, wanted solitude, so the gardeners were obliged to hide. There is a fragment of the Berlin Wall, a Chinese pavilion given by the Catholics of that country, and a gnarled old olive tree transplanted from Gethsemane in the Holy Land. This gorgeously illustrated book offers a fascinating and inspiring glimpse of a bachelors refuge, through nearly a millennium of history.



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