St. Peter's Basilica Vatican City 1506-1615
St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City is the world headquarters of Roman Catholicism and one of the largest churches in the world. Founded by Constantine the Great in 324, it stands over the tomb of Saint Peter the Apostle.
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- Basilica di San PietroSt. Peter's BasilicaMichelangelo's DomeShrine of St. Peter
- 41.902181° N, 12.453346° E
- Piazza San Pietro
- 06-69881662 (for information on worship services)
Overviewby Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011
To say that St. Peter's Basilica is impressive would be an obvious understatement, given that it was until recently the largest church in the world (the new Basilica of Yamoussoukro seems to have surpassed it). It covers an area of 23,000 sq m (5.7 acres) and has a capacity of over 60,000 people. And every bit of that space is used to display the finest Renaissance monuments and decoration money could buy, employing the talents of such greats as Michelangelo and Bernini. But St. Peter's grave, which has been revered since at least the 3rd century. continue reading →
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This is the first post in a series on a roadtrip from Oregon to Minnesota - and possibly beyond! As usual, I'm avoiding freeways, visiting historic places, staying in historic hotels, and eating in historic restaurants. The first day I drove from Portland, OR to Spokane, WA, with many stops along the way.
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- October 8, 2013
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- July 11, 2014