Building History - The Vatican

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Sometime around 64 A.D. Simon Peter, a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth, was crucified and given a hurried burial on a hillside outside Rome. Above his tomb, two thousand years later, stands one of the world's mightiest churches and most sacred places, home of the pope and spiritual home of the world's one billion Roman Catholics.

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"Explains how architectural decisions were made in response to changing technologies and tastes as the structures were built, destroyed, and rebuilt. She presents additional material in sidebars about the...specific architectural features, and important individuals."
-- School Library Journal (September 2001) ( School Library Journal 20010901)

"A variety of illustrations and contemporary remarks about the building complement and enhance the text."
-- Calliope (April 2002) ( UNKNOWN 20020401)

"This well-researched account is packed with detailed information about the technical principles of construction, architectural features, and maintenance of these important...structures. Extensive use of quotes from primary and secondary sources present interesting descriptions of life and customs...and the problems that needed to be addressed - both technical and administrative - to make these structures possible. Sidebars provide biographical material about major designers and builders. Overall, a well-organized, lucidly written resource."
-- School Library Journal (March 2001) ( School Library Journal 20010301)

"Like other captivating entries in the Building History series, this title uses the story of a monumental structure to expand on cultural and political history. Writing in accessible, straightforward language, Lace begins with St. Peter?s arrival in Rome and moves swiftly forward through the centuries, offering a brisk overview of the Papacy, the structures that each pope contributed to the Vatican, and the artists who were commissioned to create them. Quotes from Michelangelo and others, fascinating details, and intriguing mysteries (the exact location of St. Peter?s tomb, for example) will draw readers easily into the text, while sidebars further explore historical events and Roman Catholic terms. Black-and-white reproductions of maps, etchings, and portraits mix with a central section of glossy color photographs that showcase some of the Vatican?s artistic treasures. A short list of notes and recommended reading and a bibliography round out this line resource for students researching history or religion topics."
-- Booklist, (October 2004) ( Booklist 20041001)

"Well-illustrated and easy to understand, it is suitable for students in the upper elementary grades, those in high school and anyone who wants to know more about how Vatican City was built and who was responsible for the construction of each part of it."
-- Catholic Library World (December 2004) ( Catholic Library World 20041201)

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Gr. 7-12. Like other captivating entries in the Building History series, this title uses the story of a monumental structure to expand on cultural and political history. Writing in accessible, straightforward language, Lace begins with St. Peter's arrival in Rome and moves swiftly forward through the centuries, offering a brisk overview of the Papacy, the structures that each pope contributed to the Vatican, and the artists who were commissioned to create them. Quotes from Michelangelo and others, fascinating details, and intriguing mysteries (the exact location of St. Peter's tomb, for example) will draw readers easily into the text, while sidebars further explore historical events and Roman Catholic terms. Black-and-white reproductions of maps, etchings, and portraits mix with a central section of glossy color photographs that showcase some of the Vatican's artistic treasures. A short list of notes and recommended reading and a bibliography round out this fine resource for students researching history or religion topics. Gillian Engberg
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