St. Peter's Baldachin in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
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The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, or simply St. Peter's Basilica, is an Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome, Italy.
Built on the site of St. Peter’s crucifixion and over his tomb, it is the epicenter of the Catholic Church and the burial place of many popes. It's also a museum full of priceless works of art — including Michelangelo’s spectacular “Pietà” and Bernini’s bronze baldachin.
St. Peter's Baldachin (Baldacchino di San Pietro), a large Baroque sculpted bronze canopy (95ft. canopy) over the high altar of St. Peter's Basilica, is located at the centre of the crossing and directly under the dome of the basilica.
Designed by the Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini, it was intended to mark, in a monumental way, the place of Saint Peter's tomb underneath. Under its canopy is the high altar of the basilica.
Built between 1624 and 1633, the baldachin acts as a visual focus within the basilica. It rests upon four helical columns each of which stands on a high marble plinth.
The 20 m (66 ft) high twisting bronze columns seemed to corkscrew around themselves all the way up to an elaborately decorated canopy made from gilded wood. Atop the baldachin were four angel figures. In the middle, two putti (winged child) held St. Peter’s keys and the papal crown.
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Rome is magical, no doubt about that. ✨ But today I wanted to write shortly about the disappointment we were feeling when watching all the trash and plastic bottles all around the city, especially near the attractions... ❀
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Let's take care of our Planet Earth, our cities and our historical sites together! Rome is a city where you can drink from a fountain or fill your bottle at literally every corner! It's absolutely unnecessary to buy a plastic water bottle and then... leave it on the street next to the Colosseum 😢
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For visiting the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum you only need one ticket 🎫 Most people buy the ticket at the Colosseum as they want to visit it, but be smarter: get the it at the Palatine Hill! The queue is shorter, and you can still enter the Colosseum first and then go back to enter the other two historical sights. ✈
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I was sitting there for an hour
One guy ask me: What are you waiting for?
My answer was: I am in the right place at the wrong time, I am waiting for the right time. (My ass is now square)
The moral of the story is: Try to find a comfortable place for your butt while you wait. ...