Antique print dated 1895.
The page is over 115 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a bespoke frame and mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a
gold frame, your choice. RtW.54.
Entitled – St. Peter’s, Showing the Piazza and the Vatican.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
St. Peter’s. – The chief communication with the Vatican is by the way of the Ponte Sant’ Angelo, originally constructed by Hadrian, A.D. 136, in order to connect his tomb with the city.
The Vatican hill is 206ft. high, and was never included in the ancient city, nor was it inclosed by Aurelian’s wall.
Only three of the original arches of the bridge remain.
The Castle of Sant’ Angelo, a colossal cylindrical but not very high tower, which may be seen in the preceding view, was originally Hadrian’s tomb.
This castle, built on a substructure 114yds. square, formerly consisted of a cylinder of travertine 80yds. in diameter, and incrusted with marble, none of which remains.
The total height was 165ft.
The castle is at present fitted as a fortress, having been overhauled and cleared of rubbish in 1822.
The Castle of Sant’ Angelo is joined on the west side by the Piazza Pia, whence four streets diverge.
In the centre, to the right and left of the fountains, are the streets known as the Borgo Nuova and the Borgo Vecchia, the usual route to the Vatican being by the former.
The space in front of St. Peter’s – the Piazza de Santa Pietro – is worthy of the largest, grandest, and most famous church in the world.
This space is in the form of an ellipse, inclosed by huge colonnades; its greatest length is 366yds., and its breadth 260yds.
The pavement alone cost £35,000, the whole Piazza £184,000, and the entire structure, including St. Peter’s. about ten millions sterling.
The church was consecrated in the presence of thirty-five cardinals by Pope Urban VIII. in 1626.
Its annual cost of maintenance is about £7,500.
The area of St. Peter’s is 18,000 square yards; total length, 232yds. ; breadth of nave, 297yds. ; height of nave, 150ft.
The summit of the dome is 435ft. above the Piazza.
The dome measures 600ft. in circumference; inside the church are twenty-nine altars, besides the high altar, and 148 columns.
The architects were Raphael, Michael Angelo, and Bernini.
The Vatican is the largest palace in the world; it contains twenty courts, and about 11,000 halls, saloons, and private apartments.
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