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Saint Peter's Basilica
Basilica di San Pietro

Piazza San Pietro
Vatican City Vatican City

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1506
  Finished1626
Building Uses
 - religious
Structural Types
 - church
 - dome
Architectural Style
 - renaissance revival
Materials
 - masonry
 - glass
 - stone
 - stucco
 - brick

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Spire436 ft
Roof422 ft

Description
• Architects: Bramante, G da Sangallo, Raffaello, Michelangelo.
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• The building itself is 194 meters long.

• Much of the basilica's finances were raised by Pope Leo X from the selling of documents which forgave the purchasers' sins.

• St. Peter's proved to be a great influence for Sir Christopher Wren's St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

• Italian architect Andres Zappata supposedly copied the cupola of St. Peter's Basilica when he designed the Catedral de Granada in Nicaragua.

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