BlogSaint Peter’s Basilica and surroundings
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
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).read more
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.,...read more