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This basilica gathered under its arches, numerous works of art, however, it is a masterpiece of Italian architects in itself.
St. Peter's Basilica is Vatican City heart and soul. Its history began in the IV century. At the place where the current cathedral appeared later, a modest basilica was built on the grave of Saint Peter the Apostle.
In the beginning of the XVI century, the basilica was rebuilt to become a huge majestic monumental Cathedral, which became the center of the Catholic religion and the main symbol of the Pope’s power.
It amazes by its greatness: inside, many of the largest European cathedrals could easily fit in, which is proved by the special markers on the floor. The main architects of St. Peter’s were Michelangelo Buonarroti and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Inside the Basilica, on its territory and on the façade you can see many sculptures and statues. There are images of Jesus Christ, the 12 Apostles, John the Baptist, the tombstones of many important figures, including the previous pontiff John Paul II.
The pride of St. Peter's is its library with a collection of books, manuscripts, prints, cards, coins and medals. The depository keeps a huge collection of works of art.
On the roof of the cathedral, at an altitude of 132 meters, there is an observation deck with stunning views of Rome.
Before entering the basilica, you will have to go through a metal detector and show the contents of your bag.
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St. Peter's Basilica on the mapLocation: St. Peter's Square
from October to April from 9:00 am to 04:00 pm, in summer from 9:00 am to 07:00 pm. Every Wednesday morning the Cathedral is closed; this is the time for the Pope’s audiencia.
Phone: +39 800 038 436
Tours & excursions 10
Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day
Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day is for those of us with limited time or for those of us looking for the one day overview of Rome, then this Rome Highlights Tour is for you.€215+/person28
Holy Doors Tour
Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims throughout the centuries and enter through the Holy Doors of Rome. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience.€110+/person29
Rome in a Day Tour
See all of the main highlights of Rome and the Vatican on an 8.5-hour walking tour, with skip-the-line entry to the Vatican and Colosseum.€139+/person33
Treasures of the Vatican Tour
On this Vatican tour, you will enjoy skip the line access to the Vaticain Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel with an expert guide.€75+/person29
VIP Vatican Early-Bird Tour
Experience the masterpieces of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, BEFORE the museums are opened to the general public, in this extended, 4-hour tour.€89+/person27
Vatican Private Tour
Skip the lines to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel and see the masterpieces of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art with your own private tour guide.€250+/person19
Vatican Museums Group Tour
This tour offers a view of the Catholic world of Vatican. You will visit the Vatican Museums, Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of Maps and St. Peter’s Basilica.€50+/person32
Open bus 1 day tour
To see all Rome in a short period of time its not necessary to take a helicopter, you may just have a 1 dat tour on a open bus and enjoy the best sights of Eternal City.€20+/person5
Rome on scooter
See all great buildings, monuments, magnificent sights of Rome in one day while riding a retro scooter and plunge in the atmosphere of Eternal City.€100+/person4