Vatican in Rome

Sergey Martyushev

Arkhangelsk, Russian Federation

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St. Peter’s Basilica
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Papal Basilica of Saint Peter
Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano (Italian)
Basilica Sancti Petri (Latin)
A very detailed engraved image of a vast interior. The high roof is arched. The walls and piers which support the roof are richly decorated with moulded cherubim and other sculpture interspersed with floral motifs. Many people are walking in the church. They look tiny compared to the building.

The interior of St. Peter’s Basilica by Giovanni Paolo Pannini
Basic information
Location Vatican City Vatican City
Geographic coordinates 41°54′8″N 12°27′12″ECoordinates: 41°54′8″N 12°27′12″E
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Year consecrated 1626
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Major basilica
Website Official website (Italian)
Architectural description
Architect(s) Donato Bramante

Antonio da Sangallo the Younger
Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola
Giacomo della Porta
Carlo Maderno
Gianlorenzo Bernini
Architectural style Renaissance and Baroque
Groundbreaking 1506
Completed 1626
Length 730 feet (220 m)
Width 500 feet (150 m)
Height (max) 452 feet (138 m)
Dome dia. (outer) 137.7 feet (42.0 m)
Dome dia. (inner) 136.1 feet (41.5 m)

The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter (Latin: Basilica Sancti Petri), officially known in Italian as the Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano and commonly known as St. Peter’s Basilica, is a Late Renaissance church located within the Vatican City. St. Peter’s Basilica has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world.1 It is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites. It has been described as “holding a unique position in the Christian world”2 and as “the greatest of all churches of Christendom”.3

In Catholic tradition, the basilica is the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and, according to tradition, first Bishop of Rome and therefore first in the line of the papal succession. Tradition and some historical evidence hold that Saint Peter’s tomb is directly below the altar of the basilica. For this reason, many Popes have been interred at St Peter’s since the Early Christian period. There has been a church on this site since the 4th century. Construction of the present basilica, over the old Constantinian basilica, began on April 18, 1506 and was completed on November 18, 1626.4

St. Peter’s is famous as a place of pilgrimage, for its liturgical functions and for its historical associations. It is associated with the papacy, with the Counter-reformation and with numerous artists, most significantly Michelangelo. As a work of architecture, it is regarded as the greatest building of its age.5 Contrary to popular misconception, Saint Peter’s is not a cathedral, as it is not the seat of a bishop. It is properly termed a papal basilica. The Basilica of St. John Lateran is the cathedral church of Rome.
This is the world heritage site
Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed:13/1 second
Focal Length:85 mm
ISO Speed:50
Date Taken:Mar 10, 2010, 5:41:13 AM
Lens:EF85mm f/1.8 USM
Software:Digital Photo Professional
Sensor Size:37mm
Featured: 21st of April, 2011 Addicted photographer

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