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The Baldacchino in Saint Peter’s Basilica

The Baldacchino in Saint Peter’s Basilica

Baroque restyling of an ancient sacral symbol 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,...
THE ARCHITECTS OF SAINT PETER’S BASILICA

THE ARCHITECTS OF SAINT PETER’S BASILICA

Saint Peter’s Basilica is the one of the most famous and beautiful churches in the world. Construction began in 1506 and it took 120 years before the church could be consecrated. To this day, at 187 metres in length and with its 133-metre-tall cupola, Saint Peter’s...
GIAN LORENZO BERNINI

GIAN LORENZO BERNINI

As an eight-year old boy, Gian Lorenzo Bernini drew a perfect sketch of St. Paul under the astonished eyes of Pope Paul V. The Pontiff predicted that the young Gian Lorenzo would become the Baroque Michelangelo. Truer words were never spoken. Bernini was Chief...