Interior of St. Peter’s Basilica. The solemn magnificence of the interior, resplendent in gold, shining in a fabulous profusion of rare marble, sparkling with mosaics, is one of the best and most magnificent of the works of man and is beyond all power of description. Architecture, painting, sculpture, the art making mosaic, of casting bronze have lavished their beauties and treasures on it. The church was built during the 16th century, the period of most glorious splendour for Italian art when Italian soil produced so many wonderful artists and when the flame of genius seemed to be a privilege of Italians and passed without interruption in their hands (Galileo was born on the same day and in the very hour of the death of Michelangelo) as if God had purposely created these divinely inspired intellects for the erection of the greatest temple of Christianity. Guide of Rome.
In entering the church for the first time, one looses all sense of proportion and the first and impression is one of confusion and disappointment as concerns the size of the building. It is only by comparing the living moving figures, with the size of the different parts of the edifice that one can form an idea of its immensity. It is the colossal proportion of the statues and ornaments, and the large interruptions of the lines, that helps to dwarf the building. The Angels holding the basins for holy water enable us to appreciate the large dimensions of the church; looked at from a distance they appear size of ordinary children, but once approached they are found to larger than a full grown person. Official Rome Guide, Rome walking city Tours.
Opposite the central, or principal entrance, may be noticed on the floor, a large round slab of porphyry, marking the spot where the emperors of the “Holy Roman Empire” were crowned by Popes; the first, Charlemagne, in 800, the last, Frederick of Syria, crowned by Pope Nicholas V, in 1452. Around the nave are colossal statues of the founders of different religious orders.
Proceeding towards the high altar, we notice on the floor inscriptions, showing the length of the largest churches in the world: S. Paul’s in London, the Cathedral of Florence etc. Driver Guide Service in Rome, Rome Private Tours.
Statue of St. Peter in St. Peter’s Basilica– Vatican – Rome
Statue of St. Peter, the toes of which are worn away by the kisses of the faithful of so many generations. The statue, one of the few relics of the old church, is said to have been cast, by order of Pope St. Leo I (440-461) in commemoration of the delivery of Rome from the invasion of Attila.