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“A Masterpiece”

Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini
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No Wait Access: St Peter's Basilica with Audio Guide
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“A Masterpiece”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

Such a huge masterpiece its impossible to take just 1 photo of it and appreciate the intricacies of the design, it will always amaze me how Bernini managed to do so much in one lifetime!!!!!

Visited May 2013
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

The Baldacchino created by Bernini is very impressive because of its size and sheer beauty. You can see it right away when you enter St. Peter's. Bernini was a sheer genius and created so many beautiful things in his life. This is our legacy from him.

Visited May 2013
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“Cupola to Grotto”
Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

This was one of the highlights of our excursion the St. Peter's Basilica. Having been here before (years ago), we were keen to also show our children this magnificent basilica. The last time my wife and I went was in summer-time; so just getting inside was a challenge (battling the queues). However, this time around there were no queues and we managed to get inside and take the lift to the dome of the basilica (I think there is just one lift). That was fantastic BUT the real highlight was making the extra effort to walk the 300+ stairs all the way up the 'Cupola' and walk around the top of the dome - the views were fantastic (not to mention the experience). Once back to terra firma and after enjoying the 'normal' sights of the basilica, we also managed to get below into the GROTTO. This is the crypt where various Popes lie. It was a wonderful experience - top to bottom of St. Peter's Basilica.

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“Amazing piece-of-art”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

The Saint Peter's Baldachin is situated in the center of Saint Peter's Basilica, right under the cupola and was made by Bernini. Its height is 29 meters, but because the Basilica is huge, the baldachin looks very small.

Visited November 2012
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“Front and center: Bernini’s lasting legacy in St. Peter’s.”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

Rising 29 meters over the Papal altar and St. Peter’s tomb, and requiring nine years of construction, Bernini’s bronze Baldacchino is probably the most recognizable structure inside of St. Peter’s aside from the eponymous statue of the saint himself. Like most structures found inside the church, this one has a seemingly entire separate history behind it and I would imagine tour guides could spend hours on this structure alone if they wanted. Aside from being visually striking, there are a number of intricate designs/messages found here that I would have aimlessly passed by if it wasn’t for a good guide book and docent. The baldachin is discussed in the audio guide to the church, mentioned in the group tours, and found in even the most superfluous guide books so there is no excuse for not picking up a few facts here and there depending on your method of visiting. On most of my visits to the church the area was accessible within 10 feet or so of the base so the intricacies of the designs can also be appreciated. Highlights for me included the “childbirth” story (of Pope Urban VIII’s niece) on the friezes and a small (permanent, carved) rosary at the base of one of the pillars, the latter Bernini’s acknowledgement of the “common person” in the importance of the Catholic Church. Unlike St. Peter’s throne the baldachin is a bit more visually accessible and in my mind just as important. Worth a quick visit with a bit of studying required beforehand. Thumbs up!

Visited October 2012
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