01 May 2011

St. Peter's Basilica - Interior

The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter, officially known in Italian as the Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano and commonly known as St. Peter's Basilica has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world. 

There is no fee to enter the church, however, one must be in decent attire to enter. The lines are long to enter the church but the wait is worth it once you get inside. I am a catholic and it gave me a different feeling the first time I entered the church. 

We were able to attend a mass that day. 

Bernini's first work at St. Peter's was to design the baldachinno, a pavilion-like structure 30 metres (98 ft) tall and claimed to be the largest piece of bronze in the world, which stands beneath the dome and above the altar. Its design is based on the ciborium, of which there are many in the churches of Rome, serving to create a sort of holy space above and around the table on which the Sacrament is laid for the Eucharist and emphasizing the significance of this ritual. These ciborium are generally of white marble, with inlaid coloured stone. Bernini's concept was for something very different.

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