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St. Peter's Basilica


St. Peter's Basilica Model of Dome by Michelangelo
St. Peter's Basilica Model of Dome by Michelangelo
St. Peter's Basilica model of the Dome by Michelangelo is made from wood (17 feet 8 inches high x 12 feet 8 inches in diameter). and is located in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican.
St. Peter's Basilica model of the Dome by Michelangelo is made from wood (17 feet 8 inches high x 12 feet 8 inches in diameter). and is located in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican.

For the dome's exterior, Michelangelo used a Florentine ribbed design. The original wooden model, created by the artist's own hand (1560), is on display in the Vatican.

Go to the last page of this article to see a photo of this imposing structure: St. Peter's Basilica Dome realized by Michelangelo.

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