Athansius Schaefer: Relics of St Peter

St Peter's relics can be found in the basilica bearing his name. His feast day is June 29. He was buried in AD 64 in a necropolis near his crucifixion site at the Circus of Nero. He requested to be crucified head downwards. Constantine built a basilica on the burial site in AD 324. In the 15th century, the old church was found to be unsafe and had to be demolished.


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