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Masterpieces of the St. Peter’s Basilica

Crowd in front of a building with a dome photographed from behind a statue on an adjacent rooftop

Masterpieces of the St. Peter’s Basilica

The Papal Basilica of St. Peter is an Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome. St. Peter’s is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. Catholic tradition holds that the Basilica is the burial site of Saint Peter, a leading Apostle of Jesus and also the first Bishop of Rome. Saint Peter’s tomb is supposedly directly below the high altar of the Basilica.

St. Peter’s Basilica stands on the site which has been a church location since the time of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great. Construction of the present basilica began on in 1506 and was completed 1626. St. Peter’s has many historical associations, with numerous artists, most notably Michelangelo. As a work of architecture, it is regarded as the most magnificent building of its age. It is also home to many of Masterpieces of Art, and that will be our focus.

Masterpieces of St. Peter’s Basilica

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