GeoEye-1 Satellite Image (0.5 m) – St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Rome, Italy
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Old St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican city was the fourth-century church begun by the Emperor Constantine between 326 and 333 AD. This church had been built over the small shrine believed to mark the burial place of St. Peter. It contained a very large number of burials and memorials, including those of most of the popes from St. Peter to the 15th century. Originally founded by Constantine in 324, St. Peter’s Basilica was rebuilt in the 16th century by Renaissance masters including Bramante, Michelangelo and Bernini.