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In St. Peter's Chapel of the Sacrament is where Bernini's monument to Alexander VII is located.
Vatican City, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lamarbradley
Reviewed October 31, 2018

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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dishaa S
Reviewed October 28, 2018

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.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Gabriel A
Reviewed June 30, 2018

WOW. I mean, to see it in person is just breathtaking. The craftsmanship of these sculptures is phenomenal.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank JanisN123
Reviewed June 10, 2018

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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank shaishavv
Reviewed June 6, 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank PrestonGuild
Reviewed June 4, 2018

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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank RLWOrangePark
Reviewed May 27, 2018

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

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed March 16, 2018

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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank the_Devilyn
Reviewed January 6, 2018

Bernini's last stand (swan song) so to speak (he died at 81, not a bad trot) , designed by himself and finished by his school of sculptors. The intricacy/detail is exquisite.

Date of experience: December 2017
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