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R. A. Scotti

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BASILICA

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R. A. SCOTTI
BASILICA

The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter's

VIKING

VIKING

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CONTENTS

If they were great enough to invent such legends, we at least should be great enough to believe them.

—Goethe

BUILDING THE BASILICA

Basilica of Constantine

When Nicholas V (1447–1455) returned the papacy to Rome after Avignon, he made the Vatican the permanent seat of the Church for the first time and, soon after, he began to rebuild the hallowed, old basilica of St. Peter, erected by Constantine in
A
.
D
. 326. After Nicholas died, the project languished until the new century, when Julius II was consecrated pope. During the interim years, Columbus discovered a New World, Lorenzo de' Medici died in Florence, Michelangelo, Raphael, Magellan, Copernicus, and Martin Luther were born, and Leonardo painted
The Last Supper.

Basilica of Julius

(For a complete list of the popes from Nicholas V to Alexander VII, see the appendix.)

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