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St Peter's Baldachin

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In the early years of his pontificate, Pope Urban VIII commissioned what is now called St Peter’s Baldachin (Baldacchino di San Pietro) over the saint’s grave. The project was designed by Bernini and turned out to be so enormous that the Pantheon’s beams had to be melted down to provide the massive amount of bronze needed. The Romans weren’t too happy with the damage done to their beloved Pantheon, and the project was thus on the receiving end of all sorts of mockery. A popular pun was an allusion to the Pope’s family name Barberini: "Quod non fecerunt Barberi, fecerunt Barberini"—a saying that roughly translates to “what even the barbarians didn’t dare to do, the Barberini did.”

Located under the dome of Michelangelo where the nave and transept meet, the canopy is as high as a nine-story building. It is directly over the altar, which in turn lies over the supposed grave of St Peter, and is held up by four corkscrew columns that form a helix.

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Spring køen over: Vatikanmuseerne, Peterskirken, det Sixtinske Kapel og mulighed for opgradering til en lille gruppe

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Besøg Vatikanmuseerne, det Sixtinske Kapel og Peterskirken på denne guidede tur i Vatikanet i en gruppe på maks. 20 personer! Se Raphaels ...  Mere info

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