What is the significance of the structure surrounding the altar in St. Peter's?


#1

Greetings,

What is the large structure surrounding the altar in St. Peter’s basilica? I’m asking about the one that has the twisting pillars that hold a roof like top. I’m curious to know what it signifies or what it’s symbolic of. Thanks.

Pax Tecum,
Rocco


#2

Hi Rocco,

The baldaquin or canopy, as it is called, is basically a cover over the altar which designates it as special and worthy of distinction and protection.

See: Altar (in Liturgy): Canopy

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.


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