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How Did They do That?

See how the Vatican’s most famous landmark, which plays host to thousands of people every day, was built

ST. PETER’S BASILICA AND SQUARE, ROME

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Often deemed the holiest shrine in the Catholic world, this incredible Renaissance church and piazza is one of Rome’s top tourist attractions. It’s also one of the biggest churches in the world, and if the interior is anything to go by, one of the most impressive, too

GRAND DESIGN

Architect Carlo Maderno was the designer of the facade, but he also changed Michelangelo’s original plan into a larger plan, based on the Latin Cross. The square, designed by Bernini, was redesigned to accommodate the larger number of worshippers and pilgrims, but also to enhance the dome, which was somewhat hidden behind the new facade.

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When news broke a couple of years back that the body of Richard III had been discovered under a car park in Leicester, hope sprang afresh that the truth about this most divisive of kings would finally be put to rest. But while the find offered many clues, we have much fact yet to separate from fiction. Who was the real Richard? Was he a murderous usurper, or has his reputation been tarnished in a classic case of the victors writing history? We get to the heart of the matter from page 30.
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