THE DOME OF SAINT PETER’S BASILICA: FACTS AND CURIOSITIES

THE DOME OF SAINT PETER’S BASILICA: FACTS AND CURIOSITIES

Historical events 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. It’s creation is thanks to Michelangelo Buonarroti’s plans, (drawn up at no cost by...
THE VATICAN GROTTOES

THE VATICAN GROTTOES

Under the floor of St. Peter’s Basilica there is a 3 metre high crypt: the interspace between the Constantinian basilica and the floor of the church: these are the Grotte Vaticane, the crypts or caves, under which the Necropolis (1st-4th century AD) with the...
THE APOSTOLIC PALACE IN THE VATICAN

THE APOSTOLIC PALACE 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. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire (476 AD), the barbarian invasions and political instability, a...
THE BASILICA OF SAINT PETER’S IN NUMBERS

THE BASILICA OF SAINT PETER’S IN NUMBERS

A story told through numbers The magnificent Vatican basilica as we see it today, is the result of a gigantic enterprise that lasted for centuries, and is in fact still on-going: this timeline gave birth to the Italian proverb “è come la fabbrica di S. Pietro” –...
POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT XVI

POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT XVI

Joseph Ratzinger is 92 years old, is Pope Emeritus, (he no longer holds the role of pope, but retains the style of His Holiness) and lives in the Vatican, in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery. He was born in Marktl am Inn in Bavaria on the 16th of April, 1927, son of a...
CHRISTMAS 2019 IN SAINT PETER’S SQUARE

CHRISTMAS 2019 IN SAINT PETER’S SQUARE

Why does Christmas fall on the 25th of December? The Italian term “Natale” – “Christmas” – derives from the latin dies natalis, day of birth. Both the Greeks and the Romans celebrated the people’s day of birth with parties and gifts. The Roman festival of Natalis...

St. Peter's Basilica adopts Vox Connect with immediate effect.

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