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La Pieta, Vatican City

Categories: Monuments, Tourist Spots
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A masterpiece of Renaissance art and arguably one of the most moving sculptures ever created, Michelangelo’s La Pieta depicts the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus Christ. This statue is the most notable work inside Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Michelangelo was only 24 when he carved this complex work of art from a single slab of marble. He chose to show the Virgin as a youthful woman in repose, rather than the older, grieving Mary of most other works on the same subject. Unique among Michelangelo’s sculptures, this is signed as his own, allegedly to prevent viewers from confusing his work with that of a competing sculptor. Legend has it that Michelangelo broke into the church after finishing his work and hurriedly chiseled his name into the sculpture before anyone noticed he was there. Add La Pieta and other attractions to your Vatican City trip itinerary using our Vatican City trip builder.
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  • Fascinating experience wonderful day out all in all, queuing is common all around Rome attractions some guided tours can offer to beat the line but be careful to check what your getting against normal...  read more »
  • One of the attractions of San Pedro, I recommend using the audio guide from el.smartphone (costs 6 euros vs 14 If you get el.equipo) to appreciate la.escultura la.historia.
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