St. Peter's Basilica
The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican (Italian: Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano), or simply Saint Peter's Basilica (Latin: Basilica Sancti Petri), is a church built in the Renaissance style Situated in Vatican City, the papal enclave That's within the city of Rome.Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. While it is neither the mother church of the Catholic Church nor the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome (these equal titles being held from the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome), St. Peter's is considered as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. It has been described as'holding a unique position in the Christian world' and as'the greatest of all churches of Christendom'.Catholic tradition holds that the basilica is the burial site of Saint Peter, chief among Jesus's apostles and also the first Bishop of Rome (Pope). Saint Peter's tomb is allegedly directly under the high altar of the basilica. For this reason, many popes are interred at St.