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We visited St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.
  in Roman architecture, a public building for assemblies

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a Roman Catholic church or cathedral accorded certain privileges (typically architecturally similar to earlier Roman basilica)
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See pictures, but typical basilica architecture is rectangular with high ceilings, columned aisles on the long sides of the main space, high windows, and with an even higher domed or vaulted end (usually on the east side).
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  • We visited St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.
  • Vittoria Vetra stood trembling at the foot of the basilica’s sweeping stairs.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • I was especially drawn to Krakow’s grand parks and historic buildings, such as the Old Synagogue, which dated back to the 1400s, and St. Mary’s Basilica, a majestic fourteenth-century Gothic church that towered over the main square.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • They were straight across the basilica.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die

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  • The basilica of a domed church rose on their right.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Whatever may be the carved and embroidered envelope of a cathedral, one always finds beneath it—in the state of a germ, and of a rudiment at the least—the Roman basilica.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • REQUIESCANT of Nisibi, later on Cardinal, remarkable for his long, pensive nose, and another Monsignor, entitled thus: Abbate Palmieri, domestic prelate, one of the seven participant prothonotaries of the Holy See, Canon of the illustrious Liberian basilica, Advocate of the saints, Postulatore dei Santi, which refers to matters of canonization, and signifies very nearly: Master of Requests of the section of Paradise.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The family home, in the very center of the historic district, was the old mint, denatured by a Florentine architect who came through here like an ill wind blowing renovation and converted many seventeenth-century relics into Venetian basilicas.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • It waited in the anteroom off the main basilica to be fitted for the plain wooden coffin.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • There had also been a temple to the old gods once, but it had been destroyed, and the basilica to the new gods was built farther down the hill.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief

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  • I will not go so far as to say that it is quite the ugliest, for, although there are certain things in Saint-Hilaire which are well worth a visit, there are others that are very old now, in my poor basilica, the only one in all the diocese that has never even been restored.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • The Bear had once confided to me that Durrell’s ego could fit snuglyin the basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome but in very few other public places.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Ruins and basilicas, palaces and colossi, set in the midst of a sordid present, where all that was living and warm-blooded seemed sunk in the deep degeneracy of a superstition divorced from reverence; the dimmer but yet eager Titanic life gazing and struggling on walls and ceilings; the long vistas of white forms whose marble eyes seemed to hold the monotonous light of an alien world: all this vast wreck of ambitious ideals, sensuous and spiritual, mixed confusedly with the signs of…
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • C#13 CHAPTER 13 For Robert Langdon, the Capitol Rotunda—like St. Peter’s Basilica—always had a way of taking him by surprise.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • I was to stand on the top steps of the burned-out Basilica of St Paul on the Calcada.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • She wanted to see it all-the famous châteaux of the Loire Valley, the Parthenon, the Scottish highlands, the Basilica-all the places she’d read about.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • When we return, you must make a visit to the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • Waves of rose and gold throbbed up the sky from behind the dome of the Basilica.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • Like a mountain parting the morning fog, the colossal dome rose out of the haze before them: St. Peter’s Basilica.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • On Pacem we have-as best we could from ancient photos and holos— rebuilt the basilica of St Peter’s exactly as it stood in the ancient Vatican.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • His name would be carved in stone on a stele outside the basilica, and mine would be written in the dust.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • I have confirmed what I barely noticed during my return up the cliff after discovering what I now think of as "the basilica."
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • On the ledge outside the basilica there are steps descending farther into the Cleft.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • 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.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Sounis and Attolia long ago converted to the invaders’ religion, and we worship those gods in the basilica in the city, but once we all worshiped the gods of the mountain country.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • Now he rested in the most sacred of tombs, buried five stories down, directly beneath the central cupola of the basilica.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Every cardinal on the planet is here today, Langdon thought as the chopper passed over St. Peter’s Basilica.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Directly ahead rose the rear of St. Peter’s Basilica, a view, Langdon realized, most people never saw.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The Office of the Swiss Guard is housed adjacent to Il Corpo di Vigilanza, directly northeast of St. Peter’s Basilica.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Although not as worn as the path leading to the basilica, they are equally intriguing.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • My greatest regret was that I would not be able to send out the news of the basilica to an unbelieving universe.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • If they destroy the things they have taken-and then destroy me-there will be no record of the basilica.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Hyperion’s sun had dropped below low clouds and was visible above the rim wall to the west as we walked the final few meters to the basilica.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Alpha opened the outer doors and we passed through the antechamber into the central basilica.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I speculated on the basilica and its makers, on the Bikura, on the Shrike, and on myself.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The Three Score and Ten will not let me descend into the Cleft beyond the basilica.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The sun was not yet illuminating the interior of the basilica when they set Alpha’s corpse on the broad altar and removed his remaining rags.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • "You will be of the cruciform all of your days," said the little Bikura and the basilica echoed to the chorus of voices repeating the phrase.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • There was no sound in the echoing silence of the basilica except for the pounding of my pulse in my own ears.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I stayed in the basilica that night.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I did not leave the basilica until Alpha left on the third day, but most of the visible changes had taken place by the end of that first night.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Shortly before noon I left the basilica to climb the vines.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • They had retrieved the cruciform but left the skeleton lying where they had found it; there was no attempt to carry the remains to the basilica.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • But the break was a very painful one and after four days the Bikura slashed Theta’s throat and took his body to the basilica.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • As far as we could tell, the entrance to the labyrinth and the so-called basilica also must have been destroyed in the landslide.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • 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.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Instead, one of the Bikura raised his arms, just as the first shafts of colored light entered the basilica, and intoned, "You will follow the cross all of your days."
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • 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.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • 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.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • 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.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
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