St. Peter's Piazza, Vatican City

Gianlorenzo Bernini
1656-67



Bernini designed this huge oval piazza around existing buildings as well as an obelisk from Egypt and Maderno's fountain. The oval is formed by colonnades which connect with straight colonnades joined to the ends of the facade. Bernini compared the design to the maternal embracing arms of the church.
Four rows of Doric columns terminate in pedimented classical temple fronts. (See far right.) See also --Allan T. Kohl's aerial view (from Art Images for College Teaching).
 


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