THE SACRISTY OF SAINT PETER’S

THE SACRISTY OF SAINT PETER’S

The Sacristy stands at the entrance to the Necropolis of Saint Peter, a few meters from the south side of the basilica, and is connected to the necropolis by two corridors that end at the tomb of Pius VIII and the Choir Chapel. The original sacristy built at the time...
VIA DELLA CONCILIAZIONE

VIA DELLA CONCILIAZIONE

Via della Conciliazione connects Castel Sant’Angelo to Piazza San Pietro, where a strip of travertine (joining the Bernini colonnades) defines the confine between two states. It unites the capital of Italy and the City of Seven Hills, with the Vatican City State. Why...
THE HOLY EASTER

THE HOLY EASTER

On Sunday 21 April 2019, Holy Easter will be celebrated, the most important festival of the liturgical year, whose meaning is expressed in the words of the angel who spoke to the women in front of the tomb: “Fear not ye; for I know that ye seek Jesus, who hath been...
MATER ECCLESIAE

MATER ECCLESIAE

The incredible story of the “Mater Ecclesiae” mosaic in Saint Peter’s Square Looking at the facade of the basilica, on the right (on a protruding section of Palazzo Apostolico) you will see the most famous Marian icon from the twentieth century: the Mater Ecclesiae....
PASSETTO DI BORGO

PASSETTO DI BORGO

Did you know that in the Vatican there is a secret Medieval Passageway? The Passetto di Borgo is a secret pedestrian passageway linking the papal residence in the Vatican to Castel Sant’Angelo. It is 800 metres long and was created to facilitate a swift escape...
THE COLONNADES OF ST. PETER’S

THE COLONNADES OF ST. PETER’S

The history of the colonnades of St. Peter’s Square The façade of Saint Peter’s was completed in 1614 and it was deemed necessary to rework the space in front of it, in order to exalt the jewel of a basilica that had cost a century of hard work. The only fixed point...