St. Peter's Square, Vatican City

Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Landmark
Experience the reverence of the Pope--and the heart of Catholicism--in the historic St. Peter's Square, the area in front of St. Peter's Basilica. During the Pope's weekly blessing, the plaza is filled with thousands of spectators. During the rest of the week, you can admire 17th-century Baroque architecture and the massive stone colonnades that frame the entrance to the basilica. A 25.5 m (84 ft) tall red-granite Egyptian obelisk marks the center of the plaza. For St. Peter's Square and beyond, use our Vatican City trip planning website to get the most from your Vatican City vacation.
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  • The details and view from the basilica is unique. What a great place to visit and see the place “empty” during our visit while million of people stand to see the pope  more »
  • Huge square with Egyptian obelisks and fountains. We visited twice once on a Sunday when we heard and saw the Pope delivering an address from the balcony window. There were huge screens in the...  more »
  • Such a grand & beautiful place and even at times of Covid-19 it is still well worth a visit!!! Less pilgrims than usual and a chance for snaps at an empty plazza!!! Utterly mesmerising!!!  more »

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