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St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

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St. Peter's Basilica is not only among the most renowned works of Renaissance architecture, but it is also one of the largest churches in the world. Built over a period of about 120 years, this imposing structure was designed by several prominent Renaissance architects, including Michelangelo and Bernini. Tradition and strong historical evince hold that the tomb of Saint Peter, one of Jesus’s twelve apostles, is located directly below the altar of the church. Because of its location in the Vatican, the Pope presides at a number of services held here throughout the year, frequently drawing audiences of up to 80,000 people. Take the elevator up to the roof and then climb the 323 steps to the top of the dome, which offers sweeping views of the surrounding area. A strict dress code forbids shorts, bare shoulders, or miniskirts inside the site. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to St. Peter's Basilica and many more Vatican City attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Vatican City vacation trip planner.
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  • Arrive early! They open at 7 am and it makes a huge difference. No lines, lots of time to see the art. There's mass at 8:30 am. The John Paul II chapel opens at 9:30 am. By 10 am the lines are VERY lo...  more »
  • Visiting this church was amazing. We had purchased an "Omnio Pass" online from the uk before went to Rome and this enabled us to get a "fast track" entry into St Peters Bascillica which was an amazing...  more »
  • Atmosphere is so different that I tried to tell you for hours without seeing it is not possible to understand. Everybody's falling path to Rome to see St. Peter's dome. In the meantime, a little tip if you go there if you can negotiate a tour guide or rent digital guides, headset Basilica you can find historical information about the topic. We were lucky our guide gave us a half hours information.
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  • The home of Catholicism is not to be missed. This is a massive church with multiple chapels and layers and one can not see it all in one day. Some of Christendom's most precious relics are located here including the tombs of some of it's most influential people. I've experienced mass here on several occasions and it is a powerful experience. I recommend visiting in the early morning to avoid the crowds.
  • It has been a few years since I visited. I would recommend taking your time. Do not rush. There is so much to see. You will miss much if you are in a hurry. It is also worth going to the top of the dome. The architecture is amazing. Do as much as you can and research before you arrive will help in narrowing down what you want to see.
  • John 1:1 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:14 - And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 10:30 - I and [my] Father are one. Isaiah 9:6 - For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. John 20:28 - And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
  • Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. Very crowded in warmer months so cannot see much but in cooler months totally worth a stop. Go to the top to see the view over Rome. Absolutely stunning
  • Felt blessed! Choose the entry tickets/ passes wisely, spend a bit more and get a qualified tour guide to walk you around the main areas rather than buying the worthless 'skip the line tickets' from the tour operators. Once the tour is done Please don't rush, take your time, explore each and every pillar, every tile, walk around and spend quality time, it's a different feeling.