Saint Peter's tomb

Saint Peter's Tomb

Saint Peter's tomb

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Saint Peter's tomb is a site under St. Peter's Basilica that includes several graves and a structure said by Vatican authorities to have been built to memorialize the location of St. Peter's grave. St. Peter's tomb is near the west end of a complex of mausoleums that date between about AD 130 and AD 300. The complex was partially torn down and filled with earth to provide a foundation for the building of the first St. Peter's Basilica during the reign of Constantine I in about AD 330. Though many bones have been found at the site of the 2nd-century shrine, as the result of two campaigns of archaeological excavation, Pope Pius XII stated in December 1950 that none could be confirmed to be Saint Peter's with absolute certainty.Of the coins found with the bones, in a hollow beneath the niche of the earliest shrine on the site "one was of the Emperor Antoninus Pius (138-161), six were from the years 168-185, and more than forty were from the years 285-325," noted Roger T. O'Callaghan, "Vatican Excavations and the Tomb of Peter", The Biblical Archaeologist 16.4 (December 1953) p. 71. No...
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