St. Peter's Square, Vatican City

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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  • My husband and I spent Christmas at the Vatican! We celebrated the Christmas Eve mass in Saint Peter’s Square with a beautiful crowd of devoted Catholics from around the world! If you want to attend.....  more »
  • Heart of Vatican. Lot of people. Monumental square surrounded by St Peter's basilica and collonades. There's an Egyptian obelisk in the center of the square. If you want to avoid the crowds, come at.....  more »
  • It is quite a sight, whether from the approach road or from the front if the Basilica. We were fortunate that it wasn't too busy and got the opportunity to get a good look around.  more »
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