Monument of Pope Pius the VIII by Tenerani, the Pope is represented among the statues of the Saviour, St. Peter and St. Paul, forming thus the most religious monument in the church.
The door right underneath door is the entrance to the:
Sacristy of the church built in the reign of Pope Pius VI, after the design of Marchionni.
Most worthy of notice in it, is the famous Ciborio by Donatello in the chapel of the Benefiziati, and the:
Treasury of the church where the gorgeous vestments are preserved: copes and chasuble of the finest and most delicate workmanship; the famous “Candelabra” by A. Gentile, the “Dalmatica” said to be the very one used for the coronation of the Emperor Charlemagne in 800, in point of fact it is a work of the XIII century; a beautiful cross after design of Michelangelo, etc. Re-entering the church, we have “vis a vis” the: Monument of Pope Pius VII a good work of Thorwaldsen, a Danish artist.
Pius VII was the pope who crowned Napoleon the First but afterwards, having excommunicated the Emperor, was banished by him and confined in Grenoble, Savona and Fontainbleau for about seven years, after which he came back triumphantly to Rome and lived to see the downfall of the Emperor. He died peacefully in Rome, in the Quirinal palace in 1823 after having re-established the order of the Jesuits, which had been suppressed by Clement XIV.
Next on the left.
The Transfiguration by Raphael in St. Peter’s Basilica – Rome
The Transfiguration a mosaic copy of the world renowned painting by Raphael in the Vatican Picture Gallery. Official Rome Guide, Rome walking city Tours.
Further on , in the left isle, the:
The chapel of the Choir in St. Peter’s Basilica – Rome
The chapel of the Choir where nearly all the most important services of the church are held, such as: high masses and vespers, with the exception of the most solemn functions celebrated by the pope and the cardinals which are held at the altar on the tribune or at the High Altar.
Above the altar of the chapel is the Immaculate Conception, a mosaic copy from an original by Bianchi. Rome official guided tours of the Coliseum, Vatican City.
Further on the left, is the: