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Basilica di San Pietro
St. Peter's Basilica
Michelangelo's Dome
Shrine of St. Peter
41.902181° N, 12.453346° E
Piazza San Pietro
06-69881662 (for information on worship services)

Essays on St. Peter's Basilica

  • Overview

    by Holly Hayes
    October 27, 2011

    To say that St. Peter's Basilica is impressive would be an obvious understatement, given that it was until recently the largest church in the world (the new Basilica of Yamoussoukro seems to have surpassed it). It covers an area of 23,000 sq m (5.7 acres) and has a capacity of over 60,000 people. And every bit of that space is used to display the finest Renaissance monuments and decoration money could buy, employing the talents of such greats as Michelangelo and Bernini. But St. Peter's grave, which has been revered since at least the 3rd century. continue reading →

Blog Posts on St. Peter's Basilica

  • Rome Day 1

    Posted November 15, 2010 by Holly Hayes Part of: UK and Western Europe

    After lots of rain the night before, the sun shone brightly Wednesday morning so we headed for St. Peter's Basilica, which faces east unlike most other churches. It turned out to be a very lucky decision! Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica from across the Tiber River St. Peter's Basilica (and another obelisk swiped…

Bibliography of St. Peter's Basilica

  1. Hersey, George L.. High Renaissance Art in St. Peter's and the Vatican: An Interpretive Guide. Print.
  2. Scotti, R. A.. Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter's. Plume. 2007. Print.
  3. Tronzo, William (ed.). St. Peter's in the Vatican. Cambridge University Press. 2005. Print.
  4. Giddings, Al (producer), Alexander Grasshoff (producer), James Lipscomb (producer), and Bud Wiser (producer). National Geographic Inside the Vatican.
  5. Matilda Webb. The Churches and Catacombs of Early Christian Rome: A Comprehensive Guide. Sussex Academic Press: Brighton. 2001. Print.

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