Saint Peter's Basilica

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Saint Peter's Basilica definition


The largest Christian church building in the world, located in the Vatican. The residence of the pope adjoins it, and many ceremonies and speeches connected with the pope's administration take place there. Raphael and Michelangelo contributed to its design and decoration.

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