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#5760: Throne of St. Peter

Photo 5760: Throne of St. Peter - St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

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Photo ID
5760
Credit
Title
Throne of St. Peter
Caption
The tribune at the far west of the basilica, which centers on the Cathedra of St. Peter. This enormous gilded bronze monument was designed by Bernini in 1666 to enclose an oak throne donated by Carolingian ruler Charles the Bald upon his coronation in St. Peter's in 875. The legs of the throne are decorated with finely pierced ivory bands made in the School at Tours. The 18 ivory plaques on the front of the chair were added slightly later, and show the 12 Labors of Hercules and six monsters.

Bernini's monument is topped with a yellow window featuring the Holy Spirit as a dove surrounded by 12 rays, symbolising the apostles. To the right of the chair are St. Ambrose and St. Augustine (fathers of the Latin church), and to the left are St. Athanasius and St. John Chrysostom (fathers of the Greek church).
Geotag
41.902181° N, 12.453346° E
Uploaded
May 25, 2010
Camera
NIKON D50