Basilica - The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter's-logo

Basilica - The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter's

R. A. Scotti

It was the splendor-and the scandal-of the age. In 1506, the ferociously ambitious Renaissance Pope Julius II tore down the most sacred shrine in Europe-the millennium-old St. Peter's Basilica built by the Emperor Constantine over the apostle's grave-to build a better basilica. Construction of the new St. Peter's spanned two centuries, embroiled twenty-seven popes, and consumed the genius of the greatest artists of the age-Michaelangelo, Bramante, Raphael, and Bernini. The cost of building the new cathedral was costly in more than just monetary terms-the new basilica provoked the Protestant Reformation, dividing the Christian world for all time. In this swift, colorful narrative, R. A. Scotti brings to life the artists and the popes, the politics and the passions behind this audacious enterprise. Scotti turns sacred architecture into a spellbinding human epic of enormous daring, petty jealousy, and staggering genius.

It was the splendor-and the scandal-of the age. In 1506, the ferociously ambitious Renaissance Pope Julius II tore down the most sacred shrine in Europe-the millennium-old St. Peter's Basilica built by the Emperor Constantine over the apostle's grave-to build a better basilica. Construction of the new St. Peter's spanned two centuries, embroiled twenty-seven popes, and consumed the genius of the greatest artists of the age-Michaelangelo, Bramante, Raphael, and Bernini. The cost of building the new cathedral was costly in more than just monetary terms-the new basilica provoked the Protestant Reformation, dividing the Christian world for all time. In this swift, colorful narrative, R. A. Scotti brings to life the artists and the popes, the politics and the passions behind this audacious enterprise. Scotti turns sacred architecture into a spellbinding human epic of enormous daring, petty jealousy, and staggering genius.
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History

Description:

It was the splendor-and the scandal-of the age. In 1506, the ferociously ambitious Renaissance Pope Julius II tore down the most sacred shrine in Europe-the millennium-old St. Peter's Basilica built by the Emperor Constantine over the apostle's grave-to build a better basilica. Construction of the new St. Peter's spanned two centuries, embroiled twenty-seven popes, and consumed the genius of the greatest artists of the age-Michaelangelo, Bramante, Raphael, and Bernini. The cost of building the new cathedral was costly in more than just monetary terms-the new basilica provoked the Protestant Reformation, dividing the Christian world for all time. In this swift, colorful narrative, R. A. Scotti brings to life the artists and the popes, the politics and the passions behind this audacious enterprise. Scotti turns sacred architecture into a spellbinding human epic of enormous daring, petty jealousy, and staggering genius.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Josephine Bailey

Length:

8h 14m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

13:08


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

19:28


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

19:03


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

16:49


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

18:52


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

15:10


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

14:23


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

15:59


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

15:42


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

25:11


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

21:52


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

19:05


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

17:30


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

07:52


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

14:43


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

15:45


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

05:20


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

12:24


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

05:32


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

18:31


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

24:34


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

15:55


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

22:44


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

12:09


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

08:17


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

25:45


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

06:52


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

14:01


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

03:45


Part 4, Chapter 29
Part 4, Chapter 29

29:05


Part 4, Chapter 30
Part 4, Chapter 30

14:55


Part 4, Chapter 31
Part 4, Chapter 31

04:01


Part 4, Chapter 32
Part 4, Chapter 32

00:24