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Author Scotti, R. A.

Title Basilica : the splendor and the scandal : building St. Peter's / R.A. Scotti.

Imprint New York : Viking, c2006.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    726.5 SCO    Available
Description xx, 299 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports., plans ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [281]-284) and index.
Summary It was the splendor--and the scandal--of the age, the defining event of the high Renaissance. In 1506, the ferociously ambitious Renaissance Pope Julius II tore down the most sacred shrine in Europe--the millennium-old St. Peter's Basilica built by the Emperor Constantine over the apostle's grave--to build a better basilica. Construction of the new St. Peter's spanned two centuries, embroiled 27 popes, and consumed the genius of the greatest artists of the age--Michelangelo, Bramante, Raphael, and Bernini. As the basilica rose, modern Rome rose with it, as glorious as the city of the Caesars. But the cost was unimaginable: the new basilica provoked the Protestant Reformation, dividing the Christian world for all time.--From publisher description.
Subject Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano -- History.
Vatican City -- History.
Vatican City -- Buildings, structures, etc.
ISBN 0670037761
9780670037766 : 52595

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