“I saw the angel in the marble and carved and carved until I set him free.”
~ Michelangelo ~
The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter, also known as St. Peter’s Basilica, is a Late Renaissance church located within the Vatican City and it remains one of the holiest sites in Christendom.
18𝒕𝒉 𝑵𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒎𝒃𝒆𝒓, 1626
On this day, the new St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome was consecrated by Pope Urban VIII who was a great patron of the arts.
Given it’s old failing structure, the Vatican decided to demolish it, (preserving only the altar), and starting over again.
St. Peter’s Basilica was rebuilt in the 16th century by Renaissance masters including Bramante, Michelangelo and Bernini.
Catholic tradition holds that somewhere within the depths of the basilica, St Peter – chief among Jesus’s apostles was buried.
St Peter’s burial ground was marked simply with a red stone and adorned with a small shrine.
The history of the St. Peter’s Basilica begins in the 4th century when the Emperor Constantine decides to build a basilica where the apostle had been buried.
𝑳𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒏 & 𝑮𝒓𝒐𝒘:
⛪️ St. Peter’s Basilica has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, with a holding capacity of 60,000 people.
⛪️ What appears to be paintings inside the basilica aren’t actually paintings, but intricate mosaic work that appear to look like paintings.
⛪️ St. Peter’s Basilica is the home to one of Michelangelo’s most famous masterpieces, the Pietà which is protected by bullet-proof glass.
⛪️ The dome was inspired by that of the Pantheon & is the tallest dome in the world (The Statue of Liberty could fit inside).
⛪️ The St. Peters Basillica is home to over 100 tombs, most of them belonging to former popes.