St Peter's Basilica history

Events

Peter was born

1 CE

Peter became an apostle

33 CE

St Peter died

64 CE

The old St Peter's Basilica construction began:

319 - 333 CE

Saracens sacked and damaged the old basilica

846 CE

Popes abandoned Rome

1309 - 1377

Julius II was elected as pope

1503

Julius gave the task to design a new basilica to Donato Bramante

1505

Foundations for the first pylon was laid

1506

Old basilica was demolished

1506

The new basilica was built

1506 - 1626

Foundations for the other 3 pylons were laid

1507

Julius II died

1513

Bramante died

1514

Pope Paul III commissioned Michelangelo to propose a new design

1547

The main dome is finished

1590

26 years after Michelangelo died