St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

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    Benedict XV

    by solopes Updated Feb 20, 2014
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    Dead in 1922, this pope has a special veneration in this cathedral, due to his hard efforts to peace during WW1. Buried in the caves, he has a statue in the main floor, in a structure presented as his tomb, that... it is not.
    The monument is very strong, but didn't convince the experts, finding incoherence between some of the decorative elements.

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    Pope's baldacchino

    by solopes Written Dec 26, 2013
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    All the catedral is an ashtonishing collection of precious master pieces from dozens of the biggest names in architetcture, sculpture and painting. It will take an eternity to browse and identify each piece, under the dimmed interior light, but a large one is in evidence in the centre of the building, with st Peter's chair as background. It's the "baldacchino" conceived by Bernini and used by the popes in their eucharistic celebrations.

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    Pietà

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013
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    After having seen a few wonderful Pietàs, it's a very emotive moment the meeting with THE Pietà. And then, looking at the glass between me and the statue comes the question: How could someone decide to damage it?

    What confusions are there in a mind ceding to a such a barbarian impulse?

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    Alexander VII

    by solopes Updated Dec 13, 2013
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    Bernini's monument to Alexander VII, is one of the most impressive in St Peter church.

    Unfortunately, the common "no flash" instruction and the crowds always passing by make almost impossible to get its picture.

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    Impressive !!!

    by muratkorman Updated Apr 30, 2013

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    Inside St Peter's Basilica you can spend hours to check the details of the chapels and the altar as well as the high ceiling. The capacity is 60000 people which you can compare with a large football stadium. It is all about timing and being selective in Vatican city since you might get caught with a particular section and you don't realize how time flies away. I suggest you go up to the Cuppola first before entering the cathedral. The exit from the Cuppola will bring you inside. I also add some videos taken inside St Peter's to help you visualize more.

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    The Throne of St Peter

    by GentleSpirit Written Feb 13, 2013

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    the main apse holds the throne of St Peter. It's actually really hard to see because of the elaborate sculpture surrounding it. Predictably, the sculpture is the work of the great Gianlorenzo Bernini. The throne itself is made of wood and is supposedly original, though it has been inlaid and strengthened over the years.

    Interestingly, here there is a unity of Latin and Greek, one each side of the monument there are statues two are greek, two are latin. Same with the inscriptions above, one side is in Latin the other in Greek.

    I was particularly taken by the stained glass.

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    Bernini's Baldacchino

    by GentleSpirit Written Feb 1, 2013

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    The beautiful bronze canopy over the high altar is called a baldacchino. It is the work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini the great sculptor and architect. It was commissioned by Pope Urban VIII (Maffeo Barberini) and was completed in 1634. The four marble columns are 20 meters (66 feet) high.

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    Michelangelo's Pieta

    by GentleSpirit Updated Jan 30, 2013

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    Michelangelo's Pieta

    Easily one of the most famous masterpieces of sculpture, Michelangelo's Pieta was one of his first commissioned works when he came to Rome at the age of 24. Done in 1498-99, it is also the only sculpture he ever signed. This was also one of his most finished works (you see a lot of unfinished Michelangelo sculptures.)

    This sculpture is striking more than anything else because of the tenderness of it. Like Michelangelo's other famous sculptures, the detail is just breathtaking. Really, he was able to make his subject come to life.

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    dome of St Peter's Basilica

    by GentleSpirit Updated Jan 30, 2013

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    St Peter's Basilica is easily one of the most famous places of worship in the world. When you see it on TV you normally will see the piazza in front of it packed with people. I got there very early in the morning and since i was with a tour group we didn't have to stand in the lines, which seemed to move pretty quickly anyway.

    The Dome of St Peter's was designed of Antonio Bramante and the great Michelangelo Buonarotti later adapted the original design. The idea was to bring the Renaissance grandeur of Florence to Rome. It would be a cross between the Pantheon in Rome and the Duomo of Florence.

    The Dome of St Peter's is the tallest dome in the world, it rises 136.57 meters (448 feet) from floor to the external cross. The tour I was on didn't go up the Dome. If you wish to go up to the top it costs 7 euro to ride the elevator or 5 euro if you want to climb the 323 stairs (all marble, bring good shoes!)

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    the Holy Door (Porta Sancta)

    by GentleSpirit Updated Jan 30, 2013

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    This door is only opened every 25 years during the Holy Year Jubilee. The last opening was in 2000, celebrated by Pope John Paul II. The Pope strikes the wall with a silver hammer and opens the door to pilgrims.

    The Door was cast in Bronze by Vico Corsorti in 1950

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    Bernini Sculpture of Alexander VII

    by GentleSpirit Updated Jan 26, 2013

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    Alexander reigned from 1665-67. He was the Pope that commissioned Bernini with enclosing St Peter's Square with the colonnade as well as numerous other projects throughout Rome.

    Alexander VII was the papal name of Fabio Chigi, from the important family of Sienna bankers. He was also nephew of Pope Paul V (Camillo Borghese) who was also originally from Sienna.

    Interestingly, Alexander VII was one of the Popes wrote some of the important pieces on the Church position on heliocentrism (the sun as the center of the universe). He was also responsible for significant work on the Index of Forbidden Books. Alexander, who was favored by Spain, was notable for his conflicts with the French crown. He was at one time an Inquistor on Malta.

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    Clement XIII

    by solopes Updated Sep 2, 2012

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    Facing the altar there's a beautiful monument - the tomb of Clemente XIII, made in Carra marble by Antonio Canova in 1792.

    More than describing it I invite you to read the detailed explanation in Saint Peter's site

    http://saintpetersbasilica.org/Monuments/ClementXIII/ClementXIII.htm.

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    The big cathedral

    by solopes Updated Aug 31, 2012

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    Will it be possible to conciliate religiosity with the crowds that invade the space, thousands by day, each day?

    Will it be possible to describe the place in less than a large book?

    I won’t try. If you may, just go. If you don’t, it would be cruelty, describing what you have to miss. Not me.

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    St. Peter's Basilica inside

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Aug 1, 2012

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    Saint Peter's Basilica has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world.
    Tradition and some historical evidence hold that Saint Peter's tomb is directly below the altar of the basilica.
    The interior is of vast dimensions by comparison with other churches.
    The entire interior of St Peter's is lavishly decorated with marble, reliefs, architectural sculpture and gilding. The basilica contains a large number of tombs of popes and other notable people, many of which are considered outstanding artworks. There are also a number of sculptures in niches and chapels, including Michelangelo's Pieta. The central feature is a baldachin, or canopy over the Papal Altar, designed by Gianlorenzo Bernini.

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    St. Peter's Basilica

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Aug 1, 2012

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    The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican, officially known in Italian as Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano and commonly known as Saint Peter's Basilica, is a Late Renaissance church located within Vatican City. While it is neither the mother church of the Roman Catholic Church nor the cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, Saint Peter's is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites.
    In Roman Catholic tradition, the basilica is the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and, according to tradition, was the first Bishop of Rome and therefore first in the line of the papal succession.
    Saint Peter's is one of the four churches of Rome that hold the rank of Major Basilica.

    You can watch my 3 min 47 sec Video Rome Vatican Basilica of St Peter out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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