St. Peter’s shines with a new light

Photo Credit by Marco Andreozzi

St. Peter’s, the world’s largest and best known Basilica has finally been illuminated in order to best reveal its hitherto hidden treasures.
For over two years Osram has been working on a customized project designed in order to highlight all the individual features of the Basilica using over 780 special fixtures and about 100,000 LEDs. These are combined with a digital lighting control system, through which it is possible to quickly and accurately adapt the lighting of the surface which covers almost 22,000 square metres. Thanks to the innovative digital lighting specially designed by Osram, it is now possible to admire the mosaics of the domes in the octagons of the side aisles down to the smallest detail. Many works of art that were previously in the dark, now appear in their full glory.

Photo Credit by Marco Andreozzi

The restoration of the string course surfaces, the mounting and positioning of the devices and equipment and the installation of the control and electrical systems were all carried out with great competence and professionalism by the Technical Services Directorate of the Vatican City State Governorate which together with the Reverenda Fabbrica Sancti Petri provided comments on the original project as well as other important suggestions.
LED lights now highlight the masterpieces inside the sacred building in perfect style, especially the mosaics that cover more than 10,000 square metres of the Basilica’s surface.

Photo Credit by Marco Andreozzi

Thanks to the integrated digital control system for the lighting parameters, it is possible to create, modify and select specific scenarios dictated by the needs of individual liturgies. In addition, this innovative lighting system has improved the quality of television images allowing high-resolution and extremely high-resolution shooting.
Now, for the first time since construction began in 1506, every detail of this architectural masterpiece is perfectly illuminated in order to show its beauty and magnificence.

Photo Credit by Marco Andreozzi
Photo Credit by Marco Andreozzi
Photo Credit by Marco Andreozzi