Porta Sancta (The Holy Door), St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vraatja
N 41° 54.140 E 012° 27.295
33T E 288892 N 4642064
Quick Description: Rightmost of five doors in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City are opened only once per 25 years.
Location: Vatican City State
Date Posted: 8/9/2010 2:00:22 PM
Waymark Code: WM9EC9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
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Long Description:
The last door on the right in atrium of St. Peter's Basilica is the "Holy Door". This door is bricked up on the inside. On the first day of the Holy Year the Pope strikes the brick wall with a hammer, and so opens the door to let in the pilgrims who come to make the most of the indulgence. It will be closed by the Pope himself at the end of the Holy Year. The Holy Door represents Jesus, the Good Shepherd and the gate of the sheep pen: "I am the gate. Whoever enters through me, will be safe. He will go in and out, and find pasture" (Jn 10:9). The Holy Year is celebrated every 25 years. In this century two extraordinary Holy Years of Redemption have also been celebrated on the anniversary of Jesus' death on the Cross: 1933 and 1983. When the wall is knocked down, the bronze panels of the door made by Vico Consorti appear. Since 24 December 1949 they have replaced the former wooden panels made in 1749. It consists of two bronze wings with eight compartments on each side, produced by Vico Consorti, known as the "maestro degli usci" (master of the doors) because of his various works of commemorative doors.

This door is also called the "Door of the Great Pardon". Its panels portray scenes of man's sin and his redemption through God's mercy:
1. Through disobedience Adam and Eve turned away from God and happiness and were chased from the garden; Mary receives the announcement of salvation from the angel and directs humanity back to God.
2. Through Baptism, Jesus permits us to join his People; he comes to seek us when we stray from him, as the shepherd goes in search of his lost sheep; he awaits our return and welcomes us at the door, as the father welcomes the prodigal son; he cures those who are paralyzed sin.
3. Jesus opens the door of new life to the woman who is sinful but can love; Jesus tells Peter says that one must forgive seventy times seven times. Jesus trusts anew in the man who promises fidelity and then denies him; Jesus opens the door of heaven to the thief who calls on him.
4. Jesus unlocks the heart of doubting Thomas to the faith; he gives his Spirit to the Apostles to enable them to forgive sins; he tumbles Paul from his horse and suddenly opens up a whole new world to him; he knocks at everyone's door and waits for us to open it.
One can find pictures of the individual panels here.
Type of material of the door: Other

Functional door?: No

Location of this door/way: Other

Is it accessable only by paid admission": Free but in a restricted area

Style: Modern

Address or physical location:
St. Peter's Basilica Vatican City State


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