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St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican

This basilica gathered under its arches, numerous works of art, however, it is a masterpiece of Italian architects in itself.

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St. Peter's Basilica

#1 of 3 places to visit in Vatican
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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Look at Rome and Vatican City from the top of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican
oddviser Look at Rome and Vatican City from the top of St. Peter’s Basilica#1 of 3 things to do in Vatican

Climb to the highest point of Rome and you will see the city in its grandeur spread before your eyes.

How much: from 5 euros#views#roofsSt. Peter's Basilica
Take a selfie with the Pontiff in Vatican
oddviser Take a selfie with the Pontiff#2 of 3 things to do in Vatican

Take the coolest selfie in your life! Photos with the Pontiff will be the cherry of the cake on your page and will collect a record number of likes.

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Send a letter from the Vatican Post Office in Vatican
oddviser Send a letter from the Vatican Post Office#3 of 3 things to do in Vatican

A post with Vatican City stamp will make a great surprise for anyone.

How much: from 4 euros#souvenirs#unusualSt. Peter's Basilica
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Location: St. Peter's Square

Open hours

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.

Contacts

Official website: http://vatican.va
Phone: +39 800 038 436

Tours & excursions 8

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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.

Price from 215 euros#tours
Holy Doors Tour
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.

Price from 110 euros#tours
Rome in a Day Tour
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.

Price from 139 euros#tours
Treasures of the Vatican Tour
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.

Price from 75 euros#tours
VIP Vatican Early-Bird Tour
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.

Price from 89 euros#tours
Vatican Private Tour
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.

Price from 250 euros#tours
Vatican Museums plus Ancient Rome Group Tour
Vatican Museums plus Ancient Rome Group Tour

Our tour will lead you in the heart of Roman history and human civilization.

Price from 95 euros#sights
Vatican Museums Group Tour
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.

Price from 50 euros#sights

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