Updated by Sebastian Muster on 03/12/13 15:16
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Basilica di San Pietro
Vatican City, Vatican

St. Peter crucified in 64 A.D. was burried among some Christian martyrs in the ’ager vaticanus’. Recognizing Christianity with the Edict of Milan, the Emperor Constantine started building a large church in the 4th century. The tomb of St. Peter was placed in the center.
Julius II (1503-1513) pulled down Constantine’s basilica and built the new St. Peter’s, planned and constructed by Michelangelo. In the mid-16th century, the central part of St. Peter’s was covered with a beautiful vaulted dome by Giacomo della Porta.
Maderno added two bays in the early 17th century, later on Bernini completed the Piazza San Pietro, giving this place todays appearance.

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Updated by Sebastian Muster on 03/12/14 21:00
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Palace of Sixtus
Vatican City, Vatican
The Palace of Sixtus was built under Sixtus V (1485-90). This is the palace where the present pope lives. On Sunday noon he stands at the window, blessing the crowd at St. Peter’s Square. See more on our fully downloadable Friends The Gaymap, edition Vatican City
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