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|Giacomo della Porta and Fontana brought the dome to a completion in 1590, the last year of the reign of Sixtus V. His successor, Gregory XIV, saw Fontana complete the lantern and had an inscription to the honour of Sixtus V placed around its inner opening. The next pope, Clement III, had the cross raised into place, an event which took all day, and was accompanied by the ringing of the bells of all the city's churches. In the arms of the cross are set two lead caskets, one containing a fragment of the True Cross and a relic of St. Andrew and the other containing medallions of the Holy Lamb.|
In the mid-18th century, cracks appeared in the dome, so four iron chains were installed between the two shells to bind it, like the rings that keep a barrel from bursting. As many as ten chains have been installed at various times, the earliest possibly planned by Michelangelo himself as a precaution, as Brunelleschi did at Florence Cathedral.
Around the inside of the dome is written, in letters 2 metres (6.5 ft) high:
TV ES PETRVS ET SVPER HANC PETRAM AEDIFICABO ECCLESIAM MEAM. TIBI DABO CLAVES REGNI CAELORVM
("...you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church. ... I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven...." Vulgate, Matthew 16:18-19.)
Beneath the lantern is the inscription:
S. PETRI GLORIAE SIXTVS PP. V. A. M. D. XC. PONTIF. V.
(To the glory of St Peter; Sixtus V, pope, in the year 1590 and the fifth year of his pontificate.)(Source: Wikipedia.org)
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Nice picture, compliments for the composition and the golden colours.
I think that the photograph is a bit dark, though. I would have wanted more light in it so the dome becomes more vivid. But the lines in the ceiling are visible, so I think you did well.
ps see my version of the dome here
beautiful light..amazingly clear shot with excellent colors..
- [2008-08-31 6:56]
Amazing classic picture and framing Nikos,looks like an old master painting.
- [2008-08-31 7:38]
tout simplement magnifique.
Le jeu de lumière est remarquable, la perspective est bien captée.
- [2008-08-31 7:41]
Subtil jeu de lumière et beaucoup de netteté. Impressionnant. Bravo.