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 →
Rome Day 1Posted November 15, 2010 by Holly Hayes Part of: UK and Western Europe
After lots of rain the night before, the sun shone brightly Wednesday morning so we headed for St. Peter's Basilica, which faces east unlike most other churches. It turned out to be a very lucky decision! Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica from across the Tiber River St. Peter's Basilica (and another obelisk swiped…
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