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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. Arrange your visit to St. Peter's Basilica and discover more family-friendly attractions in Vatican City using our Vatican City road trip app.
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  • Avoid the companies like Tiquets selling fast track at St Peters Basilica. There is no way to avoid the long security queues to gain entry 
    Avoid the companies like Tiquets selling fast track at St Peters Basilica. There is no way to avoid the long security queues to gain entry  more »
  • This is the most beautiful church that you can see. Everything inside is Imposing and huge, the particulars, the artworks and the architecture are absolutely fantastic. It's also free to entry so it.....  more
    This is the most beautiful church that you can see. Everything inside is Imposing and huge, the particulars, the artworks and the architecture are absolutely fantastic. It's also free to entry so it.....  more »
  • If in Rome and at the Vatican a visit to St. Peter's Basilica is a must. Now, we have seen just about every cathedral on the Danube and Rhine (many named St. Peter's) but this one is the best. What a....  more
    If in Rome and at the Vatican a visit to St. Peter's Basilica is a must. Now, we have seen just about every cathedral on the Danube and Rhine (many named St. Peter's) but this one is the best. What a....  more »
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  • Marvellousily beautiful in and out. From the long serene entrance to the capacity crowd going in and coming out. It's a lovely place for anyone willing to see the ancient times of roman catholic history, with lots of historic arts, buildings, peoples. The inside has beautiful ambiance. I went in with tour guide so it was easy to understand all of those beautiful images .she gave detailed information about everything there. Although you can decide not to go in with a tour guide and tour alone.
  • This is the most important place in Roman Catholicism. The building in itself is quite impressive. You can discover lots of beautiful art. Fortunately not all the money💶 made by the church is given to the poor. It seems that comparatively few people come here to pray (I discovered some nuns in a small chapel doing this). Please wear the mask😷. Protect the Vatican.
  • It is hard to find the words to describe it. What people are ready to do for their faith or show their power. It magnificent and unimaginable huge. You should go up to the cupola and look at the square. Great view. It is over 500 stairs but if you are fit enough it is fun. The cupola is just as big as Pantheon but that was built 1500 years before.
  • Stunning, a must see. I'd recommend going from the top via the right-side entrance and climbing to the top if you're able. Although take the elevator, we took the stairs and there's nothing different to see - save your knees as either way you'll have many steps to climb. We went first thing in the morning (opens 8:30am) and had no queue, by the time we were done the queue was colossal, circling Saint Peter's Square.
  • It was an incredible experience. We joined a tour group. They picked us up from the hotel and they assisted us through the security and had preferred seating for us. We attended a mass. We had a great view of the Pope as he entered the area and took some great photos. After the mass, we walked around, visited the gift shop, got some lunch and went back to our hotel. Overall great visit and highly recommended. Thank you.

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