Rome’s four papal basilica’s are coming to the big screen for three days next week, marking an all time first.
According to Vatican Radio, select cinemas worldwide will feature a 90-minute film, titled “St. Peter’s and the Papal Basilicas of Rome,” April 11 – 13, which will enable audiences to experience a 3D tour of St Peter’s, St. Mary Major, St John Lateran, and St Paul Outside the Walls.
To be distributed in more than 50 countries, including Italy, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Canada, UK, Ireland, and Spain, the film was produced by the Vatican Television Center and SKY 3D, in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of heritage and culture.
In the movie, experts explain how the basilicas have evolved over the centuries and will illustrate the works of art they contain, including those of celebrated artists Michelangelo, Bernini, and Giotto.
Moreover, thanks to technology employed in production, audiences will be able to see and appreciate the hidden details of the art treasures, such as Michelangelo’s signature on the Pietà.
Director of the Vatican Museums, Antonio Paolucci, is one of those featured in the film and says “the production that SKY is doing is precious for people who think they know these monuments but in reality they don’t know them and they don’t see them, so it’s a kind of visual help.”