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St. Peter's
by Keith Miller
Harvard University Press, 2007
eISBN: 978-0-674-06363-1 | Paper: 978-0-674-06395-2 | Cloth: 978-0-674-02689-6
Library of Congress Classification NA5620.S9M55 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 726.50945634

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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