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St. Peter's BasilicaSt. Peter's Basilica
Vatican City, Vatican City

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City is the world headquarters of Roman Catholicism and one of the largest churches in the world. Founded by Constantine the Great in 324, it stands over the tomb of Saint Peter the Apostle.

Chiesa del GesùChiesa del Gesù
Rome, Italy

This grand Renaissance church is the headquarters of the Jesuits and has served as the model for Jesuit churches everywhere. It contains famous ceiling frescoes and the tomb of St. Ignatius, the order's founder.

Sistine ChapelSistine Chapel
Vatican City

This world-famous chapel painted by Michelangelo is still used for papal elections.

Vatican MuseumsVatican Museums
Vatican City

The Vatican Museums are among the best in the world, with treasures including classical sculptures, early Christian artifacts, Egyptian mummies and Renaissance masterpieces.

Santa Maria del Popolo
Rome, Italy

A 15th-century church filled with Renaissance and Baroque art by masters such as Raphael, Caravaggio, and Bernini.

San Lorenzo BasilicaSan Lorenzo Basilica
Florence, Italy

This basilica was founded in the 4th century but the current building dates from the 1420s. Its stark brick exterior hides a magnificent interior by Brunelleschi and two bronze pulpits by Donatello.

Florence DuomoFlorence Duomo
Florence, Italy

This magnificent cathedral is notable for its revolutionary dome designed by Brunelleschi (1436), its tall campanile by Giotto, fine marble exterior and splendid baptistery. Inside, the Duomo is a veritable museum of Renaissance art.

Holy House of Loreto
Loreto, Italy

Since medieval times, the Santa Casa di Loreto has been believed to be the very home in which the Virgin Mary lived and raised the young Jesus. A large basilica was built around the small shrine.

San SatiroSan Satiro
Milan, Italy

Founded in 876, this church was dedicated to St. Satyrus, brother of St. Ambrose, and stands on the reputed site of his house. It was later remodeled by Bramante.

Church of the Holy Spirit
Florence, Italy

Located south of the Arno in Florence, this Brunelleschi creation was described by Bernini as the most beautiful church in the world. Inside are 38 chapels and 35 columns, all perfectly placed.

Spoleto CathedralSpoleto Cathedral
Spoleto, Italy

The lovely Duomo di Spoleto dates from the 12th century. It features a fine Romanesque facade, magnificent frescoes by Fra Filippo Lippi and others, and a handwritten letter from St. Francis of Assisi.