Maybe you’ve already seen the handiwork of Josip Radić – his amazing stone belfries of Dalmatia, but now he has created something out of this world – a miniature replica of Rome’s basilica of St. Peter!

The miniature basilica project, made in a 1: 200 model, Radić started creating in 2014. And while the Roman basilica is 138 meters tall, this one is about 200 times smaller, about 200 kilograms heavy, and according to the author’s words, about 8,500 hours of work have been invested in it, persistent and painful, over the past five years.

The Basilica will as of today (April 23rd) be housed in the church of Our Lady of Botak, a former parish church in Pučišća, where everyone can see it. And you definitely should! Take a look at our gallery, and keep in mind that photograph can never really show it’s magnificence – you simply must see it in person!

IMAGE SOURCE | Josip Radić – kamene minijature, svjedoci vremena i vjere | Župa sv. Jeronima – Pučišća

TEXT ADAPTED FROM | Informativna katolička agencija

About the basilica:

The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican (ItalianBasilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano), or simply Saint Peter’s Basilica (LatinBasilica Sancti Petri), is a church built in the Renaissance style located in Vatican City, the papal enclave which is within the city of Rome.

Designed principally by Donato BramanteMichelangeloCarlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter’s is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture[2] and the largest church in the world.[3] While it is neither the mother church of the Catholic Church nor the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome (these equivalent titles being held by the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome), St. Peter’s is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. It has been described as “holding a unique position in the Christian world”[4] and as “the greatest of all churches of Christendom