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Saint Paul’s Cathedral Live Cam, Vatican

by on Sep.26, 2016, under Cams, Vatican City

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The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, or simply St. Peter’s Basilica, is an Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome.

Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter’s is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and one of the largest churches in the world.

While it is neither the mother church of the Catholic Church nor the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, St. Peter’s is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. It has been described as “holding a unique position in the Christian world” and as “the greatest of all churches of Christendom”.

Catholic tradition holds that the Basilica is the burial site of St. Peter, one of Christ’s Apostles and also the first Pope; supposedly, St. Peter’s tomb is directly below the high altar of the Basilica. For this reason, many Popes have been interred at St. Peter’s since the Early Christian period. There has been a church on this site since the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great.

Construction of the present basilica, replacing the Old St. Peter’s Basilica of the 4th century AD, began on 18 April 1506 and was completed on 18 November 1626.

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St. Peter’s Square Live Cam, Vatican

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St. Peter’s Square or Piazza San Pietro (Piazza San Pietro) – a grand square in the form of two symmetrical half-circles, broken in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, designed by Bernini in 1656-67 years.. There are going to crowds of the faithful to listen to speech the pontiff.

In 1930, Mussolini laid from the center of Rome in the area of ​​the wide street Reconciliation (Via della Conciliazione). The area is framed by a semicircular colonnade designed by Bernini Tuscan order. Middle – Egyptian obelisk, which was brought to Rome by Emperor Caligula. This is the only obelisk in a town that stood unchanged until the Renaissance.

Medieval Romans believed that in a metal bowl on top of the obelisk is stored the ashes of Julius Caesar. From the obelisk on the pavement divergent beams of travertine arranged so that the obelisk served as a gnomon.

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The tomb of Pope John Paul II Live Cam, Vatican

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Vatican – dwarf-state enclave (the smallest country in the world) within the territory of Rome, completely independent from Italy. Vatican status in international law – supporting the sovereign territory of the Holy See, the residence of the highest spiritual leadership of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Vatican is only used as the seat of the Holy See, the papal court and its staff.

Vatican City is situated on Vatican Hill in northwestern Rome, a few hundred meters from Tibra.

Beautiful architecture, unique museum collections and the unique atmosphere of the Vatican attracts huge number of visitors a wide variety of religions.

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