BlogSaint Peter’s Basilica and surroundings
The symbols of Christmas are shining in St Peter’s Square, surrounded by Bernini’s columns, to bring cheer to the Romans, the faithful and tourists alike.read more
The 16th of October 2018 was the 40° anniversary of the election of Pope John Paul II.read more
This is the timeline that traces the history of the Basilica, from the crucifixion of Saint Peter to the present day.read more
Relics are bodies or objects that have come into contact with the divine and are revered for their spiritual power, performing miracles and healing.read more
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.read more
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.read more