The facade of St Peter's Basilica is crowned with thirteen colossal statues.
In the centre stands a six-metre-high statue of Christ the Redeemer, flanked by eleven of the twelve Apostles. The basilica might be dedicated to St Peter, but the 'Prince of the Apostles' is not represented in this group. The twelfth figure is, in fact, St John the Baptist, who stands in the place of honour on the right side of Christ.
The statues (1612-14) were designed by Ambrogio Buonvicino (1552-1622) and executed by an assortment of sculptors. The statue of Christ is the work of Cristoforo Stati and Simeon Drouin.