Stories and curiosities about St. Peter's Basilica

The dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica: facts and curiosities

The dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica has been declared a site of cultural heritage of humanity, it is an icon of the Eternal City and a symbol of the Catholic Church.

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The Vatican Grottoes

In the Grottoes there are tombstones and tombs of 20 popes (not all popes are buried in the Vatican: 148 out of 264).

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The apostolic place in the Vatican

For over a thousand years the popes lived in Rome’s Cathedral, San Giovanni in Laterano – Saint John Lateran, built by emperor Constantine in the fourth century.

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Pope Francis

Francis I, the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church After the papal resignation of Benedict XVI, a conclave was called on 11th February 2013, and on March 13th the first non-European pope was elected; the first Jesuit pope and the first to take his papal name from St. Francis of Assisi. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, first […]

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