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13 Dazzling Shots of Lightning Striking Architectural Icons

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Two nights ago, just hours after Pope Benedict XVI announced he would become the first Bishop of Rome in six centuries to resign the post, a very patient photographer got a shot of a bolt of lightning striking the dome of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. In honor of the media frenzy and Twitter, uh, firestorm the photo (above) ignited, here are 13 shots of iconic architecture illuminated spectacularly by lightning. Have a look above.

· Ominous Photo Of The Day: Lightning Strikes St. Peter's Basilica The Night Of Pope's Announcement Of Resignation [Architizer]