Bright — Cathedra Petri

Ailsa’ weekly travel theme is Bright.

Cathedra Petri (Chair of St. Peter) by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City.

Pope Alexander VII commissioned Bernini to build a monument to give prominence to St. Peter’s wooden Chair. Bernini started in 1657 and was completed in 1666.

The Cathedra Petri was solemnly set above the altar with gilded bronze, gold, wood, and stained glass. Bernini sculpted a piece of golden cloud under the Chair as if the cloud was pushing it up, and then surrounded it with clouds and framed with angels. Above the Chair, he sculpted more clouds and angels with gold color to frame the stain glass window. And, the window of Bohemian glass was divided into twelve sections as a tribute to the Twelve Apostles.

Bernini created this masterpiece by combining the unique technique of sculpture and architecture and by manipulating the effects of sunlight. When the afternoon sunrays comes right through the stain glass, it looks as if dozens of golden angels were dancing and flying toward the golden sunrays to Heaven.

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37 thoughts on “Bright — Cathedra Petri

    • The Basilica was too majestic! It was such a moving experience as standing in front of the hugh bronze columned canopy facing the Cathedra Petri. Thank you for sharing your experience, Alexandria!


  1. Well, you did an outstanding job posting it. Love how you put the nitty gritty part at the end. 😉 Just brilliant!
    Been inside St. Peter’s for a number of times, but never really paid that much to this one. 😦 So thanks for the share.
    I wonder if or why I haven’t read any imitation or variation of this excellent idea for an architecture/design.


  2. Bernini is blessed with a talent that moves people to embrace their faith. These were beautiful, “When the afternoon sunrays comes right through the stain glass, it looks as if dozens of golden angels were dancing and flying toward the golden sunrays to Heaven.” It is a priceless work of Art. Have a great weekend.


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    • I’m thrilled to know you read and liked the post of Cathedra Petri. That’s such an amazing are creation by Bernini!
      Thank you so much for letting me sharing a small piece of the information with you, Dear Doda!


      • Only a small piece of information ? No,Amy.You share priceless and timeless info with me Even if I have visited the place you write about,your vivid accounts and your impressive presentation make me appreciate and like it more.All the best,my friend !


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