The Dome in Roman and Renaissance Architecture Descriptive Essay by The Research Group

The Dome in Roman and Renaissance Architecture
An analysis of renaissance architecture, with an emphasis on St. Peter's Basilica and Hagia Sophia.
# 19458 | 3,375 words | 7 sources | 1992 | US
Published on Mar 10, 2003 in Architecture (European)


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"The Basilica of Saint Peter


Saint Peter's Church, Basilica of St. Peter, is the largest church in the world; located in the Vatican, Rome, over the grave of Peter the Apostle; has 29 alters in addition to the high alter. Interior length, 615 ft; width at front, 87 ft; length of transept 450 ft. First consecrated in 326 A.D.; rebuilt with many changes in plans, among which was Bramante's, which was later changed from a Greek cross to a Latin cross ground plan. After 1547, construction was under the direction of Michelangelo, who designed the dome, which has a diameter of 138 ft and a height of 404 ft to the top of the lantern; consecrated in 1626.
Hagia Sophia, is an outstanding example of Byzantine architecture (Constantinople); originally built as a church by..."

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