Recycling, Reconstruction, and Preservation

Beatrizet/The Colonna Sancta at St. Peter's Basilica, Rome
The Colonna Sancta (sacred column) was long thought to come from the debris of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. The belief that it was the column on which Christ leaned lends scriptural significance to an otherwise anonymous fragment. Since at least the fifth century A.D., the column has stood in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Made for the tourist market, this engraving indicates that the Colonna Sancta was a highlight for visitors to the eternal city. The column is now considered the product of a Greek workshop made some two centuries after Christ.