Dome of St Peter’s Basilica – Vatican City, 2007
St Peter’s Basilica was built between 1506 and 1626 and is regarded as the symbolic “Mother Church” of the Catholic faith. The site of the basilica is said to be directly above the burial place of Saint Peter and there has been a church here since the 4th century AD. Built in the Italian Renaissance style, the basilica has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, holding 60,000 people, and the interior is a treasure trove of sumptuous religious art and sculpture. The dome of St. Peter’s rises to a total height of 136.57 metres (448.1 ft) from the floor of the basilica to the top of the external cross. It is the tallest dome in the world, and this photo was taken from where I stood, transfixed, directly below that dome.
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