May 2004 - Rome Italy
Click here for views of St. Peter's Basilica from outside.
We'll step inside this week and look at some details.
This ancient statue of St. Peter, portrayed as he gives a blessing and preaches, while holding the keys to the kingdom of heaven is famous throughout the world. Some scholars have attributed it to Arnolfo di Cambio (1245-1302), but others believe that it is a V century casting.
Behind it, there is what seems to be a fine brocade draping, however, it is actually a mosaic.