How many columns surround St. Peter's Square?
-"500, I would say.”
-"I think about hundred and fifty”.
-"Maybe more, but 600 or 700.”
-"How many colums? 240”.
-"I have counted around 100.”
Nothing less than 284 Tuscan columns 52 feet high each. With this figures, it's no suprise it took four years to clean and restore them all.
The restauration of the 131,233 cubic feet of marble costed 19 million dollars. 30 workers and 60 restorers took part in the work.
Very few people know the origin of this elliptical square. The inspiration of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, its architect, came from the human body.
St. Peter's dome would stand as the head of a body whose arms are the two rows of columns, meant to welcome all pilgrims.
The restoration work started in 2008 and finished last week, just on time for the canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II on April 27.