Bernini's Baldacchino over the High Altar, Saint Peter's in Rome (2 Sec exposure)
On June 28, 1633 Pope Urban VIII unveiled Bernini's Baldacchino (canopy) of St Peter's. Four gilt bronze spiral columns rise from their marble plinths, which are decorated on both external sides with the Barberini coat of arms.
The bronze for this was taken from the roof of the pantheon leading to the famous quote " What the barbarians didn't do, the barberini did" (Pope Urban VII was a barbarini)
Look above and you can see the famous quote "Tu Es Petrus...
(et super hanc petram aedificabo ecclesiam meam)
(You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church MT16:16)
The Apostle Peter is buried directly under the high altar.
Prints of this photo are available on request.