St Peter's

St Peter's

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The story of St Peter's begins in the 1st century CE with the Hippodrome of Nero, one of two places where the Apostle Peter may have been crucified. 250 years later Constantine the Great marked the supposed site of Peter's tomb in an ancient cemetery (still there in the Grottoes under the church) with a great basilica. That in turn was replaced over a hundred-year period by a series of competitive renaissance and baroque Popes using the greatest artists of their day. St Peter's is apart from anything else immediately recognisable to us all from its recurring television appearances as the centre of the Catholic world. Here Keith Miller offers a rewarding account of a world-famous building: who built it; what it looks like and why; and, how it affects the tourist or pilgrim. An intricate history, telling biography and the study of great art and architecture all play their part in a book that is a brilliant debut. "The Wonders of the World" is a series of books that focuses on some of the world's most famous sites or monuments. Their names will be familiar to almost everyone: they have achieved iconic stature and are loaded with a fair amount of mythological baggage. These monuments have been the subject of many books over the centuries, but our aim, through the skill and stature of the writers, is to get something much more enlightening, stimulating, even controversial, than straightforward histories or guides.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 142 x 200 x 30mm | 358.34g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1861979541
  • 9781861979544
  • 1,408,843

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Sunday Times -'a finely produced and stylishly written study... Miller's response to the basilica's unparalleled architectural opulence is poised between wonder and wry irreverence. He is particularly good at conveying the sheer visceral kick of the place...' Sunday Telegraph -'This scholarly and fascinating book unravels the complex story of the most famous church in the world.' Independent on Sunday -'offers a stimulating perambulation around this vast expanse of sacred space in the company of a sophisticated guide'show more

About Keith Miller

Keith Miller read history of art at Cambridge. He is a journalist, lecturer and reviewer living in London. This is his first book.show more

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