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St. Peter's Basilica


St. Peter's Basilica Interior Nave by Michelangelo
The interior nave of St. Peter's Basilica (1546-64) by Michelangelo in the Vatican.
The interior nave of St. Peter's Basilica (1546-64) by Michelangelo in the Vatican.

For St. Peter's Basilica interior nave, Michelangelo ensured that the basilica's interior, the largest in the world, would be a soaring, well-lit space in spite of its gigantic, overwhelming proportions.

The focal point of the cathedral is its enormous dome, for which Michelangelo created a wooden model to work from. See this model on the next page.

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