Renaissance Architecture

Featured at the Saint Peter Museum of Art and History

Come visit the new Renaissance exhibit.

What a beautiful sight Renaissance architecture is. With their enormous domes, magnificent interior design, and the history behind many of these buildings, it is a great sight you should come and enjoy at the Saint Peter Museum of Art and History.

Saint Peter Museum of Art and History:


Cathedral of Florence

Residing in Florence, Italy, the Cathedral of Florence was built on the site of the previous cathedral, Santa Reparata. With its construction spanning nearly 200 years, the cathedral experienced many architects, including Arnolfo di Cambio, Francesco Talenti, and most notably, Brunelleschi. Brunelleschi is known for the dome of the building, which stands 91 meters high and 50 meters wide at the base. Finally completed in 1367, the Cathedral of Florence is known as the 4th largest church in Europe.

Saint Peter's Basilica

Saint Peter's Basilica is considered one of the most renowned work of the Renaissance, and one of the largest churches in the world. The location of this building is considered symbolic, because Saint Peter, the chief apostle, died a martyr and this location was where he was buried in 64 AD. Similar to the Cathedral of Florence, Saint Peter's Basilica has a huge central dome, which reaches 132.5 meters high and 42 meters in diameter.

Sistine Chapel

Located in Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel is the official residence of the pope. Although the Sistine Chapel doesn't have a dome like the Cathedral of Florence or Saint Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel is famous for its interior. Michelangelo, a famous Renaissance artist, painted the ceiling and walls with biblical scenes, and he also included his painting, The Last Judgment, among the interior decorations. Also known as Capella Papalis (Papal Chapel), this is the place where new popes are elected.

Basilica of Sant'Andrea

The Basilica of Sant'Andrea is one of the major works of 15th century Renaissance architecture in Northern Italy. Construction began in 1462 with designs created by Leon Battista Alberti, and wasn't finished only 328 years later. It is said that the Basilica of Sant'Andrea safeguards the golden vessels said to hold Earth soaked by blood of Christ.