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Tabernacle and ceiling

Detail of the Gothic tabernacle over the papal altar and the richly decorated ceiling in the Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran (San Giovanni in Laterano). San Giovanni dates back to the 4th century, when Emperor Constantine obtained the land from the wealthy Laterani family and donated it to the Church. But thanks to vandals, earthquakes, and fires, today's building owes most of its form to 16th- and 17th-century restorations, including an interior designed by baroque genius Borromini.

Photo by Ludo Kuipers, Fri Nov 04, 1994
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