Basilica Sancti Petri: The Transformation of Saint Peter’s Basilica

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Have you ever wondered why so many Christian cathedrals and churches share a similar architecture? Come find out in our newest display, Basilica Sancti Petri: The Transformation of Saint Peter’s Basilica

The display was inspired by Basilica Sancti Petri, a publication by the Vatican Library that displays extraordinary prints to show an illustrated history of the construction of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Through the work of famous architects and engravers—such as Antonio da Sangallo, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Lievin Cruyl, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Giuseppe Vasi, and others—these prints offer a glimpse into the past, into architectural projects never carried out, and into the final structure chosen for Saint Peter’s Basilica. 

Come explore this unique exhibit from May 27 through August 28 in Museum of the Bible’s long-term exhibit from the Vatican, Treasures from the Vatican Museums and the Vatican Library. You may also purchase your copy of the book that inspired the display, Basilica Sancti Petri by Barbara Jatta, from the Vatican Library at https://www.vaticanlibrary.va/en/publications/. Search for “Basilica Sancti Petri” to find the book. 

This exhibit is part of your general admission ticket.