"St. Peters Basilica" St. Peter's Basilica - Basilica San Pietro Tip by bugalugs


In the same area where the basilica now stands there was once a circus built by Nero. It was probably in this stadium that St.Peter and other Christians were martyred between 64 and 67D. The body of the saint was buried in an anonymous grave next to the wall of the circus. In 160 AD the stadium was abandoned and a small monument was erected on the grave. In 315 Constantine ordered the construction of a basilica on the site of St. Peters tomb. This was the first basilica and it was consecrated in 326.

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  • Updated Oct 22, 2006
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