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St. Peters Basilica, Rome, Italy

St. Peters Cathedral in Italy is actually the 2nd. The first was built by Constantine, the first Roman Emperor to convert to Christianity. The site of the basilica is thought to be where the bones of St. Peter are lie. Bernini’s Baldacchino is the solid-bronze canopy seen in the distance. It is actually 96 ft tall. It also is made of 100,00 lbs of bronze. The dome dwarfs it being 452 ft tall. The “paintings” priceless and insurance could never replace such masterpieces are actually mosaics and made with such tiny glass they appear to be fine paintings. Michelangelo’s, 24 at the time, Pietà is  shielded by bulletproof after a mentally destroyed park of the statue. 

(via illest)