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...
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...
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...
SAINT PETER: PRINCE OF THE APOSTLES

SAINT PETER: PRINCE OF THE APOSTLES

St. Peter is the most important of the 12 apostles, the very first Pope and, according to tradition, the guardian of the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. Both St. Peter’s Basilica and the square on which it stands are named after him. His original name was Shimon...
CONCLAVE: THE ELECTION OF THE POPE

CONCLAVE: THE ELECTION OF THE POPE

Conclave is the name given to the procedure used to elect the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church. The same term is used to refer to the place in which the cardinals assemble to cast their votes. The term Conclave comes from the Latin words cum (with) and clavis...
TOP 7 PLACES TO PRAY IN ST PETER’S

TOP 7 PLACES TO PRAY IN ST PETER’S

Whether you’re Catholic, christian or spiritual, you might desire to have a prayerful experience in St Peter’s Basilica. A moment of quiet reflection in such a beautiful and sacred place shouldn’t offend anyone.  It’s easy to find images of...