Why was old St Peter's basilica built?
People also ask, why was St Peter's basilica built?
The original church was built in the 4th century by Emperor Constantine, the Roman empire's first Christian emperor, on the spot where St. Peter was thought to be buried. By the early Renaissance, though, the (literally) ancient church was in serious disrepair.
Subsequently, question is, when was old St Peter's basilica built? 18 November 1626
Likewise, why was old St Peter's Basilica torn down?
As a result, the raiders destroyed Saint Peter's tomb and pillaged the holy shrine. In response Pope Leo IV built the Leonine wall and rebuilt the parts of St. Peter's that had been damaged. By the 15th century the church was falling into ruin.
Who built Old St Peter's Basilica?
Bernardo Rossellino Leon Battista Alberti