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Looking up the nave of St. Peter's. Michelangelo, who was not the original architect, designed a church that would have a the shape of a Greek cross - one in which all the branches are equal. After Michelangelo died, the plan was modified to a Roman cross - like the cross above western altars. The window at the end of the apse is two football fields away. The canopy over the altar is seven stories high. The statues sunk in the pillars along the sides are 15 (bottom statue) to 21 (top) feet tall.

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