The Basilica of Saint Peter is officially known in Italian as the Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano and colloquially called Saint Peter's Basilica. It is the focal point of the
Extensive information about the Basilica can be found on stpetersbasilica.org. The interior of St. Peter’s Basilica is a museum in it’s own right. There are over 400 statues on display aside from other paintings and artifacts. In addition to this the Basilica is large enough to house over 40 chapels. Entrance is via one of 5 named doors of the portico, each of which has a distinct history. The central door is from the old St. Peter’s Basilica.
The central focus is the Papal Altar, where only the pope celebrates
Surrounding the 4 corners of this canopy are 4 pillars which support the weight of the dome. Each of these is 71m in circumference. Each contains a huge statue 4 saints whose relics are preserved in chapels set above the statues part way up the columns. These are the saints Helena, Veronica, Andrew and Longinus (who is said to be the soldier who pierced Jesus whilst he hung on the cross). At the tops of the columns a Latin inscription runs around the base of the arches. Above this are 4 mosaics.As can be seen in this picture, the whole environment dwarfs those attending it. There are more panoramas from Rome on Panoramic Earth. There is an enlargement of this image of St. Peter's on Flickr.
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