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Saint Peter’s Basilica and surroundings
HOW TO GET ORIENTED INSIDE ST. PETER’S BASILICA

HOW TO GET ORIENTED INSIDE ST. PETER’S BASILICA

Welcome The Square Atrium, door of the Sacraments and Holy Door “La Pietà” of Michelangelo Monuments to Pope Leo XII and Christina of Sweden Chapel of St. Sebastian and tomb of Pope John Paul II Mathilde of Canossa Chapel of the Most Holy Sacrament Altar of St. Jerome...

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THE HISTORY OF EASTER

THE HISTORY OF EASTER

Easter is the most important Christian festival, being the one with the highest degree of solemnity. It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which happened on the third day after his crucifixion. The date Easter falls upon, unlike that of Christmas for...

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WORKS OF ART IN SAINT PETER’S BASILICA

WORKS OF ART IN SAINT PETER’S BASILICA

Saint Peter’s Basilica hosts an extremely large number of works of art, therefore we shall concentrate on a limited number of artworks. We shall omit, on this occasion, the works that are found in the two inferior levels: the Grottoes and the Necropolis. We have...

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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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