Old St Peter's Basilica in Rome stood for over eleven centuries
until it was demolished to make room for today's church on the same
Vatican site. Its last eyewitness, Maffeo Vegio, explained to the
Roman hierarchy how revival of the papacy, whose prestige after the
exile to Avignon had been diminished, was inseparable from a
renewed awareness of the primacy of Peter's Church. To make his
case, Vegio wrote a history founded on credible written and visual
evidence. The text guides us through the building's true story in
its material reality, undistorted by medieval guides. This was its
living memory and a visualization of the continuity of Roman
history into modern times. This volume makes available the first
complete English translation of Vegio's text. Accompanied by
full-color digital reconstructions of the Basilica as it appeared
in Vegio's day.
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