Around 320 a large church was built in Rome above the tomb of the apostle Peter, who had died as a martyr. Some 1200 years later, in the early years of the sixteenth century, it was Pope Julius II who wanted to restore part of this building, which in the end resulted in a large scale and difficult building operation. In the first half of the seventeenth century the last parts of the early Christian church were demolished.
In The power of tradition the architecture of both churches is described as interrelated histories, because after all, new St. Peter?s succeeded old St. Peter?s. In a fascinating way the history of the materials used comes to the fore: old columns were used again in the new church in order to visualise the continuity of the church of Saint Peter.
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