Saint Peter's Basilica, the symbol of Christianity in the world, was completed 388 years ago

Italian architecture, Italian American, Italian art, Italian history, Vatican City, Rome, Saint Peter, Basilica
A photo of the famous Cupolone

Saint Peter’s Basilica, considered as the “greatest of all churches of Christianity”, is the symbol of the Vatican City and is named after one of the twelve Apostles, probably the most important character in the Christian world after Jesus.

The Basilica is also the burial site of Saint Peter. Designed by different artists and architects, such as Donato Bramante, Raffaello, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, it is the perfect example of Renaissance architecture. In the same site of the current Basilica, there used to be a church from the Constantine the Great age (320 AD). The construction of today’s church began on April 18, 1506, after three years Pope Julius II had been elected. The Basilica was finalised on November 18, 1626, under Urban VIII.

The Saint Peter's Basilica is 610 ft long, 150 ft high in the central aisle, with the main dome 446 ft high and 137 ft large in diameter. The huge façade is 374 ft wide and 154 ft high. It has a surface of 22000 square metres and 20 thousand persons can pray in it.

Receive More Stories Like This In Your Inbox

SPONSORED

Recommended

Ferrara, “la città del silenzio:” stories and curiosities of the first truly European city

Ferrara, loderò le tue vie piane/grandi come fiumane,/che conducono all’infinito chi va solo col suo pensiero ardente: I shall praise your flat...

Getting paid to start a business? Yes, if you do it in Molise

How many of you are familiar with Molise? Probably not many, to be honest. And it’s a real pity, because this tiny region at the heart of the Bel...

76th Venice Film Festival: a red carpet for Venezia

It is the oldest cinema event in the world after the Oscars. Its 76 editions do not only show the way contemporary visual arts evolved, but also how...

Italy’s lighthouses – new lights for old treasures

There seems to be a shared fascination with lighthouses the world over. These austere pillars of hope and guidance, most often planted on precarious...

The neglected gem of Italy’s heel: Bari

Puglia needs no special introduction. Its sea, the baroque grandeur of Lecce, its olive oil and fresh cheeses: all in the region of Italy’s “heel”...

Weekly in Italian

Recent Issues