Built under Constantine in
Bernini’s style is dominant; the canopy roof which rises up under Michelangelo’s enormous cupola is his work, as is the chair in the apse with four saints supporting the throne.This latter contains some fragments thought to be relics of the throne from which St. Peter gave his first sermon. The Cupola of St. Peter’s was designed by Michelangelo too, at a height of 136.5 metres. He was, however, unable to complete it.
Inside the cathedral is Michelangelo’s Pietà, a marble masterpiece of Renaissance. It was sculpted in 1499 when Michelangelo was just 25 years old. It’s protected by a glass panel!
Do you want to see more fascinating places in the Vatican City?
The Sistine Chapel