The Hidden History of St. Peter's Basilica

  • Published on:  9/11/2020
  • This video explores some of the ancient and early Christian artifacts hiding in plain sight in St. Peter’s Basilica.

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    0:00 Introduction
    1:03 The Tomb of Peter
    2:28 Old St. Peter's Basilica
    3:31 Construction of the new Basilica
    4:59 The Vatican Obelisk
    7:27 The Atrium
    8:08 Porphyry Disk
    9:27 Baptismal Font
    10:52 Presentation Chapel
    11:44 Baldacchino
    12:21 Confessio
    13:17 Columns of the Loggias
    14:28 Chair of Peter
    15:38 Tombs of Maria and Honorius

    (Apologies, by the way, for mispronouncing "Baldacchino." As several commenters have pointed out, it should have a hard "c.")

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