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...
LA PORTA SANTA – THE HOLY DOOR

LA PORTA SANTA – THE HOLY DOOR

LA PORTA SANTA – THE HOLY DOOR: THE CONFINE BETWEEN THE PHYSICAL WORLD AND THE DIVINE MYSTERY The meaning of 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...
THE SECRETS OF THE VATICAN OBELISK IN ST. PETER’S SQUARE

THE SECRETS OF THE VATICAN OBELISK IN ST. PETER’S SQUARE

Obelisks: what is there to know about them? The obelisk is a memorial monument from ancient Egypt: made in stone, it symbolizes a ray of sunshine; in Italian we use the ancient Greek word obelìskos or “needle”. The oldest obelisks date back to 2,000 B.C.,...
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...
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...
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...