A stunning photo taken from inside Peter’s Basilica, Rome.

St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is the oldest and arguably most important church in Italy.

The name St. Peter’s Basilica comes from the name of the first Bishop of Rome, Peter. The basilica was built during the Second Century. The location of the basilica is now part of St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City. When it was completed, it was the tallest building in Rome. Today, the basilica can be seen all around the city. However, it can still be seen clearly at the spot where it was originally located.

St. Peter's Basilica in Rome

Many of the original features of the basilica have been retained, but modern additions have made the basilica even more impressive. One of the most striking parts of the basilica is the four golden arches which stretch from the roof to the floor. These arches were added by Pope Sixtus IV in 1494. These additions are actually decorative staircases that snake up to the main entrance of the basilica.

This photo captures the elegant art and sculptures along with large amounts of gold detail. The light cascading in through the upper window is shown as it enters the dark church building below.

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