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R. Ross Holloway

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300100433

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300100433.001.0001

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The Tomb of St. Peter

The Tomb of St. Peter

(p.120) IV The Tomb of St. Peter
Constantine and Rome

R. Ross Holloway

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the confusion regarding the exact location of the tomb of St. Peter, as well as S. Pietro in Vaticano, a church brought into being by an accumulation of genius. St. Peter is also a church built for pilgrims. It offered them a magnificent setting in which to approach the tomb of the apostle and, thanks to Maderno's nave, offered space sufficient for the crowds that came from near and far for the great feast days. The chapter discusses how the basilica that bears St. Peter's name was erected over the place where Constantine and the Christians of his day believed the apostle's tomb was located, and how the archaeological investigation of this site led to one of the most courageous, difficult, and disputed excavations of modern times.

Keywords:   tomb, St. Peter, church, pilgrims, apostle, basilica

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