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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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  • Absolutely stunning. This is one of the places that has to be seen for you to fully appreciate its beauty and the sheer craftsmanship. Before we even flew out to Rome we purchased Omnia cards which al...  read more »
  • Lovely place to wander about and see fountains and beautiful sculptures. Beautiful Historic Site. It's worth the walk. 
  • Would reccomend this attraction on fresh legs and a fresh mind. An amazing expierence, beautiful to see. We orginally tried to enter on a Weds afternoon and it was virtually impossible. We returned fo...  read more »
  • Absolutely stunning! I'd always been confused as to what is what in Vatican but now I have a clearer picture! St Peter's Basilica is the large church at the top of St Peter's square and not the Vatican but inside Vatican City which also houses the most visited museum in the world? Our guide told us about the entrance that is blessed by the pope but forgot to remind us to look up at the dome decorated by Michelangelo! So after taking three hours to walk round the museum and Sistine Chapel we unfortunately did a whistle stop tour of this beautiful building, apparently the largest basilica in Rome? We didn't realise it was free to get into either! What we did see was absolutely spectacular but no chairs to stop and take it all in!
  • A must-see in Rome. Please be advised that lady need to have their shoulders covered as well as their needs covered either by address or wrap around. Gentleman should have their shoulders cover for May wear shorts with it needs expose, although it's recommended it didn't need to be covered as well :-) the amount of artwork and sheer beauty of this place is beyond description. Has to be visited to be seen. Usually can fit 70,000 people. Do not miss!!!!
  • Definitely worth a visit while you are in Rome. Amazing architecture and art outside and inside the basilica. Entrance to the basilica is free. While you are there, make sure to take a walk up to the dome. The view is amazing from up there. There is an entrance free to go up in the dome (more expensive if you choose to take the elevator the first 320 steps).
  • Fantastic visit! Standing inside and realizing that so many great figures have been there before! Ladies, when entering, be aware that they do not allow women with bare shoulders in, hence, you'll have to cover them up. I'm sure this is a fairly common occurrence as there are vendors just outside selling shawls. We were fortunate enough that a nun noticing that we were denied entry for that reason offered us hers.
  • St Peter’s Square and the Basilca St Peter’s is always packed pretty much all the time that moments of tranquility is really special. Venture here during the night and you’ll get the square all to yourself. If you take a walking tour, you can choose to go with those who can get you special access into the Vatican museum before it actually opens. One of the benefit of them is having the Sistine Chapel all to just a few people. I believe that the awe and magnificence of the chapel can only be truly appreciated when you aren’t battling with legions of visitors later in the day. There’s something peculiar I noticed in my wanderings in Rome, is that there is quite a fair share of obelisks in the city, most famous of all is the Obelisk at the Vatican in the middle of St Peter’s Square. It’s four thousand years old! This is by far the largest obelisk still standing in Rome today and was moved to Rome from Alexandria, just like other obelisks in the city by Roman emperors of the time. It is not lost on me that standing right there at St Peters, you’ll see Ancient Egyptian Empire, Ancient Roman Empires, Renaissance Rome and Rome of today. The inside of St Peter’s Basilica is a large space of beautiful intricacies. You can spend literally the entire afternoon just admiring the details of its sculptures, mosaics and art representing a ensemble cast (if we use today’s movie terms) of Michelangelo, Bernini and others. Walking in for the first time was overwhelming for me. Couldn’t really process the grandeur of the basilica for a little while as its grandness took its time to dawn on me. Definitely need more time inside to study all its stories.
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