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Our guide told us that this tomb was the most ornate in St. Peters. if I recall correctly he said there are some 40-50 popes buried here. (He said the exact number- I just can't remember what it was.) Impressive sculpture!
vatican city and the st peters basilica in partiular is full of Bernini's work and this monumnent dedicated to st alexander is also one such monumnet. it in on the southern wall of the basilica and must not be missed.
The Monument to Alexander VII is situated in the south transept of St Peter's Basilica.
The sculptural group was designed and performed by Bernini for pope Alexander VII.
The art work was executed between 1671 and 1678.
This is one of the many work that Bernini created in the St. Peter's Basilica.
It is a great piece of work, which leaves you with a good impression of Bernini, the Baroque era and St. Peter's.Basilica.
It is located inside the Basilica, you will...More
This was Bernini's last work. It was finished after his death.
This elaborate and monumental tomb of Pope Alexander VII is situated in St Peter's basilica.
Alexander VII might be fortunate that he had an artist such as Bernini alive during his lifetime to build...More
This massive marble sculpture is located in St Peter's Basilica at the entrance to the papal crypts. It was Bernini's last and possibly best sculpture. It depicts the pope kneeling in prayer and an eerie skeleton, covered by a shroud, raising an hourglass representing death...More
Pope Alexander VII wanted a monumental tomb to immortalize himself and commissioned Gianlorenzo Bernini. At the age of 81, this would be Bernini's last major sculptural commission before his death in 1680. However, construction of the monument didn't start until 1671 and was completed in...More
One of the major artworks to admire when inside St Peter's. However, when we went there it was fenced off so far out you could only see it from the side and from a distance. It doesn't do the genius of Bernini justice