20 November 2010

Michelangelo - the architect! Behold the crowning jewel of Rome - the cupola of St. Peter's Basilica

Looking up to the soaring interior surface of the Dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Did you know that Michelangelo's genius reached beyond his sculptures and frescoes to soaring heights that forever redefined the skyline of Rome? Behold — the masterpiece of St. Peter's Basilica and its crowning glory. Though the construction of the Basilica had endured many architects, it was Michelangelo, compelled by Pope Paul III in 1547, who designed most of the building we see today including this magnificent cupola that takes your breath away on the outside as well as from within. Unfortunately, he died in 1564 and never saw its completion in 1590.