|131||St. Peter’s Basilica
Greatness, high cultural value and absolutely stunning architecture make this church one of the most sought-after destinations while in Rome.
This magnificent building is the center of Christianity. The opulence of its interior testifies the richness of the Catholic Church in the sixteenth century. Emperor Constantine, the first Christian emperor of Rome, ordered the construction of St. Peter Basilica on the Vatican hill. The location was chosen symbolically, on the spot where St. Peter, one of the apostles, was buried in AD 64. A small shrine already existed on the site, but it was replaced with a church which would be completed in 349 AD. In ...
|119||Basilica Santa Maria della Salute
While discovering and exploring Venice, it is impossible to not notice the grandeur and beauty of this church rising on the shore of Grand Channel.
On one of the banks of Grand Channel, in the seventeenth century, one of the most beautiful churches in Venice, Santa Maria della Salute, was built. A symbolic image of the floating city, it appears in many documentaries about the Venetian architecture but also in many paintings made by famous artists such as Michele Marieschi, Francesco Guardi, John Singer Sargent, Walter Sickert and, of course, Canaletto. After the plague of 1630, which is said to have killed nearly a third of Venice population, the Vene...
|112||Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore
Designed to be the world's largest cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore is nowadays surpassed in size by St. Peter in the Vatican, St. Paul's Cathedral in London and Milan. It was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio in 1296, as the Florentines desired to have a place of prayer more beautiful than those of Pisa and Siena, rival cities; it was built on the ruins of an old church, Santa Reparata. When it was finished, it was the largest cathedral in Europe of that era, being able to accommodate 30,000 worshipers. The cathedral is remarkable f...