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St. Peter's Basilica is a late Renaissance church designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. It remains one of the beautiful and largest churches in the world.

The dome of St. Peter's rises to a total height of 136.57 meters from the floor of the basilica to the top of the external cross. It is the tallest dome in the world. Its internal diameter is 41.47 meters, slightly smaller than two of the three other huge domes that preceded it, those of the Pantheon of Ancient Rome, 43.3 meters, and Florence Cathedral of the Early Renaissance, 44 meters. It has a greater diameter by approximately 30 feet than Constantinople's Hagia Sophia church, completed in 537. It was to the domes of the Pantheon and Florence Duomo that the architects of St. Peter's looked for solutions as to how to go about building what was conceived, from the outset, as the greatest dome of Christendom. Source: Wikipedia

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Additional Photos by Gosia Siudzinska (siudzi) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2782 W: 23 N: 4581] (34141)
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