National Geographic : 1957 Apr
@ National Geographic Society 463 St. Peter's Dome of Gilt and Mosaic Soars 435 Feet Above the Apostle's Tomb For centuries the treasure of the Vatican and the genius of Renaissance and Baroque masters poured into this tremendous sanctuary. Wherever the eye turns it is dazzled by marble, alabaster, bronze, and mosaics so delicate they seem painted. Michelangelo designed the dome, whose 16 panels portray Jesus, the Virgin, apostles, and saints. - Page 462: Christ and apostles stand on the roof. Upper windows hold loudspeakers to carry the Pope's words.