Little Version from the Center of Christianity

By Ma. Cassandra Isturis, 2010-20405

Did you know that Saint Peter’s Basilica has the largest interior of any Catholic Church in the world? Because Vatican is where the aforementioned church is, there is no any other Catholic Church that beats the largest scope the Saint Peter’s Basilica has. Vatican City State is distinct from the Holy See, which dates back to early Christianity and is the main Episcopal see of 1.2 billion Latin and Eastern Catholic adherents around the globe.

Saint Peter’s Basilica, also known as the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter, is the center for Christianity. The affluence of the building’s interior bears testimony to the wealth of the Catholic Church in the 16th century. We learned the transformation of the church from its leet built way back in the Late Renaissance Period.

St. Peter is mostly completed in the 1500s and 1600s, and is predominantly High Renaissance and Baroque because of its form. Inside, are the massive scale showcases of some of Italy’s greatest artists: Bramante, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Maderno. In a church of such grandeur — overwhelming in its detail of gilt, marble, and mosaic — you can not expect much subtlety. It is meant to be overpowering. From the floor plan of the church, which shows a Latin cross plan, barely says that the period from it was built was full of challenges and difficulties.  A magnificent view of Rome and of the Saint Peter’s Square in particular, can be seen from one of the windows in its dome. The famous square with long symmetrical colonnades was designed by Bernini. It features a central obelisk and two identical fountains.

It is good to know that we want an influence from the original architecture of the St. Peter here in the country. If you have ever been in the Parish of the St. Peter, along Commonwealth Avenue, you might, as well, say that our country do not want to be left behind at any category, like religion.

In the picture above, the embellishment of the architecture is not as copied as the original St. Peter, but most likely got its form and inspiration from the former. Ours is the simplified version.

St. Peter Parish began in 1993 upon its formal erection as a parish, like a mustard seed, with no parish church and even without the site for which to build the church. The history is in accordance to the Feast of the first Vatican Pope, Peter, who became a Saint.

The features that synchronized the two structure can basically be found easily. Because our St. Peter is not as grand as to where it got its inspiration, there is, definitely, no reason for me state the financial credibility of our country to provide the needs to produce a replica of the original.  The site was acquired in 1994 on an installment basis. How ironic the location of the Parish of St. Peter is! Despite the sacred symbolization of the church, the location, where is it built, opposes to the solemn manifestation that the whole structure gives to people. The challenge on planning the building became one of the main reasons why Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Gerardo R. Tapiador, and the First Parish Council appealed to install the church in the busy road of Commonwealth Avenue is for Catholic adherents to still feel that they need a place to rest with God especially on Sundays.

Our St. Peter Parish will always serve as a manifestation of holiness and solemnity. Every Filipino should be proud of what we can do for the satisfaction of our beliefs. Our  St. Peter will always be just a version but a version in a good way. The admiration it gets should might as well the same as the St. Peter’s Basilica of Rome, Italy. It deserves to be a dwelling place for people with great understanding and respect not just for its form but for the what it symbolizes.