Location on South Colonnade

111. St. Peter Celestine
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

Location Area
South Curved Arm

The Square

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Colonnade Saints
Floorplan #2

The History

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St. Peter Celestine
Born - 1215
Died 19 May 1296

Feastday - 19 May

Statue created - c.1668-1670
The statue is part of a group installed between May 1669 and August 1670.

Sculptor - Lazzaro Morelli
Morelli was the most prolific of the sculptors working for Bernini on the colonnade statues, with over 45 saints attributed to him.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The pope is shown with open arms and bearded face. In pontifical dress, he does not have a tiara, in memory of his abdication only five months after his election.

Peter Celestine was a monk and hermit who founded the order of Celestines. He was elected pope as Celestine V when in his seventies, and resigned after five months in 1294 to return to his humble monastic life. Pope Boniface VIII imprisoned him in the castle at Fumone, where he died


Saints on South Colonnade
Curved Arm

113. Martin

112. Marcellus

111. Peter Celestine

After 2014 Restoration

Saints on South Colonnade
Curved Arm

98. Stephen - Far Right


The Book of Saints, 2002 Edited by Dom Basil Watkins, OSB
Le Statue Berniniani del Colonnato di San Pietro by Valentino Martinelli 1987 by de Luca Editore s.t.l.


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