The cleaning of Bernini’s colonnade at Piazza St. Pietro was completed in time for Easter celebrations after almost five and a half years of work and about 14 million euros to pay for it. In addition to cleaning the surfaces of 284 columns, 140 statues, and 44,000 cubic meters of travertine, conservators secured elements that had become loose or otherwise unstable. 

Gianlorenzo Bernini, Piazza San Pietro, 1656-73, Rome

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