Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Today we remember...


St. Peter's Basilica, the "home base" of the Pope, so integral to the history of our Faith, also has a fascinating architectural history. Old St. Peter's was started by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century, but, having fallen into disrepair by the 16th century underwent extensive renovation (actually rebuilding). Starting in the pontifical reign of Pope Julius II in 1505, and continuing over the next 120 years, the basilica finally reached completion under the reign of Pope Innocent X in the mid 17th century. Much drama surrounded the entire project, but God's Will prevailed, and the Basilica of St. Peter is celebrated today, and rightfully so, as the greatest of all churches in Chrisiandom, and the seat of the true Faith.
These first two images are of "old" St. Peter's...
(Notice there's no dome?)

This is "new" St. Peter's ~ how it looks today...

A detailed blueprint of the basilica today can be found here. And a "tour" can be found here.

Above is a drawing of the 16th century reconstruction by architect, Bernardo Rosellino. And, below is a model of Michelangelo's plan for the dome.




Pope John XXIII offering Mass at St. Peter's Basilica in 1962.

And now, St. Paul's Basilica

The Basilica of St. Paul "Outside the Walls," was originally built by Emperor Constantine over the burial place of St. Paul, and, like St. Peter's, has a long history of renovation. You can find a very complete history at the Catholic Encyclopedia site.
Here is what St. Paul's looks like today...


Must-see movie for today: Charlton Heston and Rex Harris in The Agony and the Ecstacy! If you don't own it, as it's considered a movie classic, it can be found in most video rental stores.
For a coloring page for the day, you can save the above black and white image of Saints Peter and Paul to your computer to print out. It works beautifully as an 8x10.

The beautiful images used here are from Sacred Destinations.


6 comments:

GrandmaK said...

Such beautiful pictures...If only to visit in person! What a joy that would a be! Cathy

Anonymous said...

How cool to be right there in that gorgeous architecture?! One of those things ya gotta do before you die I guess!
~nicole :)

Marie said...

Really magnificent photo's Lisa loved it. And isn't it wonderful to see Nuns in Habits? I NEVER see any Sister's wearing Habits anymore, not even in enclosed orders they wear ordinary clothes sad to say:(.

Thanks for sharing these wonderful eyes they were a FEAST for the eyes.

Peace and much love to you hon:)

Marie oxoxooxoxox

Bia said...

I love, love, love rome.

Did you know that...

In the entire church of St. Peter's there is only one teeny, tiny oil painting? All the rest of the artwork is done in mosaic, so intricate that it looks like a painting.

Also, the letter on the inside of the done...there like 4-5 ft. tall. It's all about the perspective viewed from below.

Thanks for a great post. I want to go back!

Laura said...

Gorgeous pictures.

Mary Vitamin (Helen) said...

I thought it would be a great idea to make a gingerbread house in the shape of st. Paul outside the Walls for the Feast.

We just dreamed about the plan though. Maybe next year...