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St. Peter’s Square and Basilica Map

St. Peter’s Square and Basilica Map

1. Colonnades 2. The Passetto 3. Alexander VII Coat of Arms 4. The Fountains 5. The Obelisk 6. Center of Colonnade 7. Sundial Markers 8. Papal Water Fountain 9. The spot where John Paul II was shot 10. Bronze Doors 11. Entrance to Charlemagne Wing 12. Restrooms 13....
The secrets of the vatican Obelisk in St. Peter’s square

The secrets of the vatican Obelisk in St. Peter’s square

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.,...