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Fast Facts About St. Peter's Basilica
- It was constructed in the 16th and 17th centuries on the site of the dilapidated 4th century Old St. Peter's Basilica; the spot where St. Peter the Apostle was martyred.
- It fits 60,000 people at one time.
- The main dome of the basilica was designed by Michaelangelo and was inspired by the Roman Pantheon.
- It houses the largest collection of ancient art in the world
- The bronze canopy over the main alter is 96 feet tall.
- There are more than 100 tombs inside the basilica, including that of St. Peter; 91 of them are popes.
- The basilica is guarded by 120 Swiss Guards
- It is built on such an enormous scale that people appear to shrink when they walk inside.
- St. Peter's holds the famous Pieta statue of Michaelangelo, kept behind bullet proof glass.