St. Peter's Basilica

Aubrey Zahner

What is it?

St. Peter's Basilica is a Christian church within Vatican City in Italy. This massive house of worship's construction began in 1506, and took over one hundred years to complete.

Why is it significant?

Vatican City is considered the world's headquarters for Catholicism. Therefore, St. Peter's Basilica represents the Christian religion, in general. This is due to the fact that Simon Peter (St. Peter), one of the twelve apostles and the leader of the Christian Church when the religion was still new. He was also the first pope, and this basilica is built over the place where he was crucified and buried.