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St. Peter's Basilica


St. Peter's Basilica Exterior by Michelangelo
The exterior of St. Peter's Basilica (1546-64) by Michelangelo, located in the Vatican.
The exterior of St. Peter's Basilica (1546-64) by Michelangelo, located in the Vatican.

Returning to St. Peter's Basilica's "clear, luminous" design by Bramante, Michelangelo made sure that its outer appearance was compact and well articulated. On the façade, he employed the "giant Corinthian order" already seen in his restoration of the Palazzo dei Conservatori.

Get a glimpse of St. Peter's Basilica's interior nave on the next page.

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