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Saint Peter’s Basilica and surroundings
THE HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS

THE HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS

Christmas is the festival most felt by the faithful believers of all Christian faiths. It celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and occurs on the 25th of December for most of the Christian churches, including the Catholic one. Instead for the Eastern Orthodox Churches...

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WOMEN BURIED AT ST PETER’S

WOMEN BURIED AT ST PETER’S

How many women are buried in St Peter’s Basilica? This seems like a simple question, but surprisingly many sources get it wrong. Various books, tour guides and audio guides mention that three women are buried in the basilica. The fact is that for nearly 300 years the...

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THE ARCHITECTS OF SAINT PETER’S BASILICA

THE ARCHITECTS OF SAINT PETER’S BASILICA

Saint Peter’s Basilica is the one of the most famous and beautiful churches in the world. Construction began in 1506 and it took 120 years before the church could be consecrated. To this day, at 187 metres in length and with its 133-metre-tall cupola, Saint Peter’s...

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CALIGULA’S PRIVATE CIRCUS

CALIGULA’S PRIVATE CIRCUS

The history of the area of the Vatican predates the construction of the first Basilica of Saint Peter, which was built at the behest of Emperor Constantine in the 4th century AD. It was here that Caligula built a circus, later restored by Emperor Nero. It was during...

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THE OLD BASILICA OF ST. PETER IN THE VATICAN

THE OLD BASILICA OF ST. PETER IN THE VATICAN

If today Basilica of St. Peter is considered the symbol and centre of Christianity, centuries ago that role belonged to another basilica. The Basilica of Constantine, also known as the Old Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, was founded in the 4th century and stood...

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GIAN LORENZO BERNINI

GIAN LORENZO BERNINI

As an eight-year old boy, Gian Lorenzo Bernini drew a perfect sketch of St. Paul under the astonished eyes of Pope Paul V. The Pontiff predicted that the young Gian Lorenzo would become the Baroque Michelangelo. Truer words were never spoken. Bernini was Chief...

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