Saint Peter's Basilica and Square in Vatican City.

Saint Peter's Basilica and Square in Vatican City.

Antonino G. (Antonino Grasso Cristaudo)
Description
The Basilica of Saint Peter, officially known in Italian as the Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano and commonly known as St. Peter's Basilica, is located within the Vatican City. It occupies a "unique position" as one of the holiest sites and as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom".In Catholic tradition, it is the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and, according to tradition, was the first Bishop of Antioch, and later first Bishop of Rome and therefore first in the line of the papal succession. While St. Peter's is the most famous of Rome's many churches, it is not the first in rank, an honour held by the Pope's cathedral church, the Basilica of St. John Lateran. To the east of the basilica is the Piazza di San Pietro, (St. Peter's Square). The present arrangement, constructed between 1656 and 1667, is the Baroque inspiration of Bernini who inherited a location already occupied by an Egyptian obelisk of the 13th century BC, which was centrally placed, (with some contrivance) to Maderno's facade. #Antonino #Basilica #Bernini #Bishop #Cardinale #Castel #Catholic #Catholicism #Cattolicesimo #Cattolico #Chiesa #Church #City #Cristaudo #Cupola #Cupolone #Dome #Enclave #Gian #Grasso #Italia #Italy #La #Lazio #Lorenzo #Obelisco #Obelisk #Palla #Papa #Papal #Papale #Peters #Piazza #Pietro #Pope #Roma #Rome #Saint #San #SantAngelo #Square #St #Stato #Vatican #Vaticano #Vescovo
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