St. Peter's

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Harvard University Press, 2007 - Architecture - 231 pages
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Built by the decree of Constantine, rebuilt by some of the most distinguished architects in Renaissance Italy, emulated by Hitler’s architect in his vision for Germania, immortalized on film by Fellini, and fictionalized by a modern American bestseller, St. Peter’s is the most easily recognizable church in the world. This book is a cultural history of one of the most significant structures in the West. It bears the imprint of Bramante, Raphael, Michelangelo, Bernini, and Canova. For Grand Tourists of the eighteenth century, St. Peter’s exemplified the sublime. It continues to fascinate visitors today and appears globally as a familiar symbol of the papacy and of the Catholic Church itself.

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User Review  - pranogajec - LibraryThing

Despite the paucity of illustrations (a problem with all the books in the Wonders of the World series), this is an excellent discussion of the history, significance, and influence of this ... Read full review

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User Review  - jrcovey - LibraryThing

I picked up this volume on a whim in a Rome bookstore the day after I visited St Peter's for the first time, and read it on the plane home to Canada. This is the first time I've read anything by ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Keith Miller is a journalist, reviewer, and lecturer living in London.

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