Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini

Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini, Vatican City

Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini

Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini
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Neighbourhood: Vatican / Borgo
Frocked priests, colorful Swiss Guards, insistent souvenir shop owners, flag-waving tour guides, and pilgrims from around the world. This is the Vatican and Borgo, Rome's most recognized neighbourhood which acts as Vatican City's front yard. Aside from the souvenir boutiques and a few food spots, the only business conducted here is papal. In the daytime, the tiny medieval sector bustles with holy activity, as visitors vie for elbow room, or stand in line for a visit. Once the sun sets, the neighbourhood is transformed into a quiet and picturesque hamlet.
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AMohsen
Port Said, Egypt397 contributions
Bronze Canopy
Feb 2020
It is a nice structure made of bronze and features fine details and curvatures. It is located inside St Peter Basilica.
Written 25 January 2021
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Malgorzata
10,295 contributions
Very impressive and beautiful
May 2019
Canopy in the interior of the Basilica of Saint. Peter, also known as Italian baldacchino, measuring about 28.5 m high, was designed and made to commemorate the burial place of the first successor of Christ, and this is probably the largest artistic bronze casting preserved to this day. The outstanding sculptor and architect of the developed Baroque in Rome, Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini worked on this work in the years 1624-1633, and this was the first public order that the artist received immediately after the election of Maffeo Barberini as Pope Urban VIII. Baldacchino was consecrated by the same pope on June 28, 1633. Each of the four spiral columns supporting the canopy consists of three parts. At the top are four statues of angels, and at the top of the lid is a gilded cross on the globe.You can also notice bees on the canopy, they come from the coat of arms of the Pope's Urban VIII family. In its final form, it is a combination of the artist's creativity and ingenuity, and becomes a great symbol of Baroque art.
Written 13 April 2020
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lexi3
136 contributions
Baroque Canopy to Behold
Nov 2019
Bernini canopy carved from bronze straddling the altar to St Peter. Another piece of other worldly art in the most important church in Christendom. We visit the Basilica every time we visit Rome, and learn something new every visit.
Written 13 March 2020
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,372 contributions
Most Unique Canopy
Feb 2020 • Solo
I’ve been in countless churches throughout my travels and have never seen such a structure. The smooth curved, spiral bronze ‘legs’ of this canopy is truly a sight to behold. It’s central position directly underneath the Basilica’s dome and above the crypt of St. Peter most certainly belies its importance. I understand this is the work of Italian sculptor Bernini whose works I have seen throughout my travels in Italy, especially in Florence.
Written 28 February 2020
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Lance H
Boerne, TX1,277 contributions
Massive
Dec 2019
This huge canopy covers the altar (I think it was an altar) and stands over Saint Peter's final resting place. This thing is so big and detailed, I wasn't sure of all the little symbols I was looking at. I like the Holy Spirit Dove under the canopy. That is just one of many details you will see on this imposing structure.
Written 27 February 2020
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Greg
Cambridge, UK5,183 contributions
Incredible detail
Feb 2020 • Friends
St Peter's Baldachin (or his Ciborium) is a phenomenal bronze sculpture inside St Peter's Basilica indicating where St Peter’s tomb is. It’s an altar-like canopy marking a resting place within the world’s largest church. You won’t miss it when you enter the Basilica and is well worth queuing to observe when you finally get inside!
Written 27 February 2020
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Brian L
5 contributions
Best in Rome
Mar 2019 • Friends
Of course there is so much to see and do in Rome Things that were all aware of But this was not on my radar And what a museum it is finished off on the top floor by the most amazingly painted ceiling i have and will ever see Cannot recommend too highly
Written 19 February 2020
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Flore
Arad, Romania1,635 contributions
Fabulous
Jun 2019
This is the first great thing you notice as soon as you enter the Papal Basilica. If you study it carefully, you will notice how meticulous it was. Sure, there are dozens of other things worth seeing in the Basilica, but the Baldachin must also be on this list.
Written 8 December 2019
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Christopher R
Birmingham, UK109 contributions
Humbling experience to see the location of St Peter's remains
Nov 2019
The religious significance of this area goes without saying. To see the structure, underneath which, lie the remains of St Peter was a must see experience as part of the St Peter's Basilica visit.
Written 30 November 2019
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA9,514 contributions
ART BY BERNINI
Mar 2019
This impressive sculpture, over the main altar, rests upon 4 marble pedestals, which are each decorated with the coat of the Barberini. Each column of the structure has 3 definitive sections that support the canopy, which is adorned with an angel at each corner and on the sides Putti. The cross is supported by 4 curved ribs, which hold a globe and cross at the apex of the ribs. As large as this sculpture is it looks diminutive sitting around the altar.
Written 28 October 2019
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