St. Peter's Basilica

The first St. Peter's Basilica was built in the fourth century by emperor Constantine, on the place of the Circus of Nero, where St. Peter was supposed to be buried.

In 1506, on order of pope Julius II, the construction of a new Basilica was started. It took about 120 years and the work of the best artists and architects of that time, such as Bramante, Giuliano da Sangallo, Raffaello, Antonio da Sangallo, Frà Giocondo, Baldassarre Peruzzi, Michelangelo, Pirro Ligorio, Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola, Giacomo Della Porta, Domenico Fontana, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Inside the Basilica there are countless masterpieces, such as the Pity of Michelangelo or the Canopy of Bernini.

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