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Saint Peter’s Basilica and surroundings
The Baldacchino in Saint Peter’s Basilica

The Baldacchino in Saint Peter’s Basilica

Baldacchino is a term that dates back to the Middle Ages, that indicates a richly decorated structure created to protect people or important objects. The word “Baldacco”, however, referred to Baghdad, production centre of precious fabrics.

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What do you see from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica?

What do you see from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica?

1. The Dome It is the tallest dome in the world, the dome of St. Peter’s rises to a total height of 136.57 metres (448.1 ft) from the floor of the basilica to the top of the external cross.

2. The square At the centre of the square is an ancient Egyptian obelisk, erected at the current site in 1586. Gian Lorenzo Bernini designed the square almost 100 years later, including the massive Tuscan colonnades, four columns deep, which embrace visitors in “the maternal arms of Mother Church”. A granite fountain constructed by Bernini in 1675 matches another fountain designed by Carlo Maderno in 1613.

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La Porta Santa – The Holy Door

La Porta Santa – The Holy Door

The Holy Door is the sealed door of a basilica that is opened during Holy Years, more commonly known as Jubilee years. It symbolizes the journey towards conversion and consolidates the mediation of the Church in the salvation of the faithful. It is founded upon the words of Jesus, who spoke of himself: “I am the gate: Whoever enters through me will be saved.” (John’s Gospel).

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