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The Paul VI Audience Hall Massive Reptilian Monument

Building at the Vatican No Cross to Be Found

The Paul VI Audience Hall is a building in Rome named for Pope Paul VI with a seating capacity of 6,300,
designed in reinforced concrete by the Italian architect Pier Luigi Nervi and completed in 1971. It lies partially
in the Vatican City but mostly in Italy: the Italian part of the building is treated as an extraterritorial area of
the Holy See and is used by the Pope as an alternative to Saint Peter's Square when conducting his
Wednesday morning General Audience. It is dominated by an 800-quintal (8 metric ton) bronze copper-
alloy sculpture by Pericle Fazzini entitled La Resurrezione Italian for The Resurrection. The sculpture,
dedicated in 1977, is almost 66 feet wide and more than 23 feet tall. According to LOsservatore Romano,
the Vatican newspaper, the bronze piece weighs about 15 tons. It depicts Christ rising from a tomb in the
Garden of Olives, while the earth is shaken by an enormous storm. The depiction is of Jesus emerging out
of an atomic bomb crater with resurrected souls. Suddenly there came to me the idea of Christ preaching
peace for 2,000 years, and the place where He prayed for the last time: the olive grove of Gethsemane,
said Mr. Fazzini in a book about the work. I had the idea of depicting Christ as if He were rising again from
the explosion of this large olive grove, peaceful site of His last prayers. Christ rises from this crater torn
open by a nuclear bomb; an atrocious explosion, a vortex of violence and energy. The Resurrection is
molded in red bronze and yellow brass and measures 66 feet by 23 feet by 10 feet. It was unveiled by Pope
Paul VI in 1977 and dominates the stage of the Vatican hall where the pope's general audiences are held.