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  • Vittoria Vetra stood trembling at the foot of the basilica’s sweeping stairs.
  • Like a mountain parting the morning fog, the colossal dome rose out of the haze before them: St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • The cavernous interior of the basilica had room for over 60,000 worshipers . over one hundred times the population of Vatican City, the smallest country in the world.
  • Now he rested in the most sacred of tombs, buried five stories down, directly beneath the central cupola of the basilica.
  • Every cardinal on the planet is here today, Langdon thought as the chopper passed over St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Directly ahead rose the rear of St. Peter’s Basilica, a view, Langdon realized, most people never saw.
  • The Office of the Swiss Guard is housed adjacent to Il Corpo di Vigilanza, directly northeast of St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • T he Vatican’s helipad, for reasons of safety and noise control, is located in the northwest tip of Vatican City, as far from St. Peter’s Basilica as possible.
  • Not to mention, the greatest treasures were architectural-the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Michelangelo’s famed spiral staircase leading to the Museo Vaticano-priceless testaments to man’s creative genius.
  • After parking the cart on the wide lawn directly behind St. Peter’s Basilica, the guard escorted Langdon and Vittoria up a stone escarpment to a marble plaza off the back of the basilica.
  • After parking the cart on the wide lawn directly behind St. Peter’s Basilica, the guard escorted Langdon and Vittoria up a stone escarpment to a marble plaza off the back of the basilica.
  • Crossing the plaza, they approached the rear wall of the basilica and followed it through a triangular courtyard, across Via Belvedere, and into a series of buildings closely huddled together.
  • Signs pointed in all directions: PALAZZIO GOVERNATORIO COLLEGIO ETHIOPIANA BASILICA SAN PIETRO CAPELLA SISTINA They accelerated up the manicured road past a squat building marked RADIO VATICANA.
  • In front of the basilica, bordering the vast oval common, 284 columns swept outward in four concentric arcs of diminishing size . an architectural trompe de l’oiel used to heighten the piazza’s sense of grandeur.
  • He moved beside her, cautiously, down the east side of the basilica.
  • The springtime sun was setting behind St. Peter’s Basilica, and a massive shadow spread, engulfing the piazza.
  • We must remember that the cardinals spent much of today in the Vatican museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, enjoying those areas without the crowds.
  • The image behind her was a night shot of St. Peter’s Basilica with all its lights blazing.
  • The lights in the basilica are out.
  • -lights in the basilica and museums are extinguished leaving speculation-
  • Flashlights were no match for the voluminous blackness of St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • The light seemed to emanate from beneath the floor in the center of the basilica.
  • The Holy Vatican Grottoes are located beneath the main floor of St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Only a hundred yards away, inside the thick walls of St. Peter’s Basilica, the world was serene.
  • They were nearing the Niche of the Palliums-the sunken area in the center of the basilica.
  • The guards had completed searching the Niche of the Palliums and were moving across the basilica again when their walkie-talkies went off.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Yes, the basilica!
  • However, after assessing the situation, I am confident the antimatter canister is located in one of our white zones-those Vatican sectors accessible to public tours-the museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, for example.
  • Inside the darkened basilica, Langdon, Vittoria, and the two guards strained breathlessly toward the main exit.
  • It was 11:39 P.M. when Langdon stepped with the others from St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • With a final joyous exultation, the camerlegno turned and dashed back into St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Flashlights came on, but the lights were almost dead now and did not even begin to probe the depths of the basilica before them.
  • The main aisle of St. Peter’s Basilica, Lieutenant Chartrand had once figured out, was longer than an Olympic soccer field.
  • As Christianity spread, the shrine got bigger, layer upon layer, culminating in this colossal basilica.
  • Four minutes . Langdon could barely see as he burst out of the basilica.
  • Everyone was pointing behind him, toward the front of St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • They were pointing to the uppermost level of the basilica, the rooftop terrace, where huge statues of Christ and his apostles watched over the crowd.
  • Camerlegno Carlo Ventresca stood on the rooftop terrace of St. Peter’s Basilica and looked down over the multitudes of people staring up at him.
  • The camerlegno staggered now through the darkness of St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • The media lights and cameras were all pivoted toward the basilica.
  • The masses streamed toward the basilica in a euphoric torrent of humanity.
  • As the people flooded in around the front of the basilica, the chaos intensified, until it seemed nothing could stop it.
  • Far off, in the grayness at the end of the spotlight’s reach, black fabric billowed, revealing a familiar form running down the main aisle of the basilica.
  • There would be no heat blast, no flying shrapnel to injure onlookers, just a biblical opening of the earth and a towering basilica crumbling into a crater.
  • The Swiss Guard had apparently been able to clear only about a hundred and fifty feet back-the area directly in front of the basilica-less than one-third of the square.
  • Kicking up a cloud of dust, the chopper dropped onto the open portion of the square between the crowd and the basilica, touching down at the bottom of the basilica’s staircase.
  • Kicking up a cloud of dust, the chopper dropped onto the open portion of the square between the crowd and the basilica, touching down at the bottom of the basilica’s staircase.
  • In the basilica?
  • Eleven-forty-two P.M. The frenzied convoy that plunged back into the basilica to retrieve the camerlegno was not one Langdon had ever imagined he would be part of . much less leading.
  • "As you may recall," the scholar continued, "last night, when Camerlegno Carlo Ventresca was standing on the roof of the basilica, all of the cardinals below began calling out his name in unison."
  • The camerlegno erupted through the doors of St. Peter’s Basilica at exactly 11:56 P.M. He staggered into the dazzling glare of the world spotlight, carrying the antimatter before him like some sort of numinous offering.
  • Not only had he accepted the camerlegno’s divine revelation of the antimatter’s location, but he was lobbying for the destruction of St. Peter’s Basilica-one of the greatest architectural feats on earth . as well as all of the art inside.
  • He wondered if it was his body or just his spirit that had floated down from heaven toward the soft, darkened expanse of the Vatican City Gardens . alighting like a silent angel on the deserted lawns, his black parachute shrouded from the madness by the towering shadow of St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Langdon scanned the basilica for movement and whispered, "If this guy’s here, he sure as hell heard that.

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  • We visited St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

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