The Statue of St. Peter, inside St. Peter`s Basilica - Tradition has St. Peter crucified "juxta obeliscum" - next to the obelisk, which was in the center of the circus. It is likely, then, that this obelisk is the last thing that St. Peter saw - and is thus truly a "relic by contact" of the saint. Indeed, it must have been the silent witness to countless Christian martyrs through the years. http://stpetersbasilica.info/Docs/seminarians.htm
Breathtaking...The Pietà (1498–1499) is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. It is the only piece Michelangelo ever signed (See History after completion). This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. Michelangelo's interpretation of the Pietà is unique to the precedents...
"To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth." When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered,He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed." 1 Peter 2:21-24
How did the 12 disciples die? Andrew = Crucified on an X-shaped cross Bartholomew or Nathanael = Flayed alive with knives James the elder = First apostle martyred James the lesser = Sawn in pieces John = Died of natural causes on the isle of Patmos Judas Iscariot = Hung himself Jude or Thaddeus = Killed with arrows Matthew or Levi = Martyred in Ethiopia Peter = Crucified upside-down on a cross Philip = Died by hanging Simon the Zealot = Died a martyrs death Thomas = Killed with a spear