Updated: Oct 11, 2022
Ok so this place doesn't need much introduction. St Peters in the Vatican. Today we travelled into the city and celebrated Mass in one of the underground chapels. St Peters completed in 1626 it took 120 years to build, and it replaced the 'Old' St Peter's Basilica built in 329. It is the largest church and one of the largest buildings in the world it encompasses an area of 23,000 square meters. It holds over 40 statues, 25 monuments 24 altars and 8 chapels as well as countless paintings.
Anyone that has been into St Peters can attest to the enormity of the Basilica, dwarfing St. Paul's outsides the walls by nearly 50 meters in length at 186 meters long inside.
The main Altar as with St Paul's is built over the tomb of St Peter, although St Peters tomb is three levels below.
The center dome above the main altar is 117 meters high from floor to vault of lantern (center of dome). It also has an internal diameter of 41.5 meters. 16 mosaics on the dome depicting Jesus, Mary , St John the Baptist, St Paul and the 12 apostles. You just need to take a moment to soak it all in.
Main Altar and tomb below.
Chair of St Peter situated directly behind main or center Altar of St Peters, depicting the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove. The spirit was shining brightly today.
Probably one of the most iconic and beautiful sculptures in St Peter's is the Pieta. Sculptured by Michelangelo in 1499 it depicts the dead body of Jesus in Mary's arms. Pieta means Pity or compassion in Latin.
On the way down to the stairs to where we celebrated mass in St Columba's chapel.
Unfortunately no photos allowed in the catacombs, this is the last photo.