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Three shafts of sunlight il- luminate the basilica and its mosaic floor in the Vatican . . .St. Peter’s ....[d]esigned principally by Donato Bra- mante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, ...is the most renow ned work of Renaissance architecture and remains one of the largest churches in the world ...[It] is regarde- ed as one of the holiest Ca -tholic sites ...; [and] “the greatest of all...Photo: Albert Moldvay/ Nat Geo/ 12-71

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St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, Italy

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Ceiling detail of the Sistine Chapel. The Sistine Chapel is the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in Vatican City.

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Michaelangelo's Masterpiece: St. Peter's Basilica

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Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

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Swiss Guard, Vatican City, uniforms designed by Michelangelo and still used today.

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St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

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