The relics of the Passion of Christ in St. Peter’s Basilica

The relics of the Passion of Christ in St. Peter’s Basilica

The mysteries of the relics of the Passion of Christ in St. Peter’s Basilica Relics are bodies or objects that have come into contact with the divine and are revered for their spiritual power, performing miracles and healing. The cult of relics originates from...
The Baldacchino in Saint Peter’s Basilica

The Baldacchino in Saint Peter’s Basilica

Baroque restyling of an ancient sacral symbol 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,...
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.,...
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...