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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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  • Simply impressive! left me speechless. You can not travel to Rome and not to visit it. Long tail for the entry. But it's worth a lot input.
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  • Cathedral leaves a lasting impression. We bought the ticket/pass without queuing at the tour desk nearby, because, despite the off-season was awesome, and stand with him. The dome went up on the elevator, watched from inside the Cathedral above, very nice! Then we saw the exit to the upper point and, naively believing that left little, began to climb the narrow stairs. Honestly, for us the rise seemed tedious, look wonderful, but next time would limit themselves to the level of the roof. The child never exactly, it generally uninteresting, and dad carried on the hands, back turn around is unrealistic because a very narrow passage, and all the while someone is behind. So it is best to weigh all the pros and cons. In General, our daughter loves the bells, the Church, and when we went to the Cathedral itself, gladly enthusiastically admired together with us
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  • This is from someone that's not religious, but then again my wife is somewhat religious, and she feels the same as me. The church itself is not very beautiful, inside or out. I saw many more beautiful...  more »
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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.