St Peter's Basilica
Rank: Top 100
Wonder Type: Cultural
Country: Vatican City
The Papal Basilica of St. Peter or simply St. Peter's Basilica is an Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City. Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. While it is neither the mother church of the Catholic Church nor the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, St. Peter's is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. It has been described as "holding a unique position in the Christian world" and as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom".
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