St. Peter's Basilica is a huge church in Vatican, which is the seat of the Pope of all Catholics. The Basilica and the square surrounding it are separate enclosed country within Rome. St Peter’s basilica is the most famous example of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. It is believed the Apostle of Jesus Christ, St. Peter is buried here. He was the first Pope in the world and spreaded Christianity.
The present church was constructed at the beginning of 16th century. It is the highest building in Rome till now. The basilica and the square are embraced with huge columns, and each of them has a statue of Roman popes on the top of it. Besides the central dome, the basilica has also many chapels around it. The whole interior is designed with marble sculptures and gilding. There are also lots of world known masterpieces inside the basilica. The most famous among them is Michelangelo's Pietà. Entrance to the basilica is free of charge.

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  • Grace Phillips

    5
    - 18 July 2018 -

    Absolutely amazing, we did a skip the queue tour with Maya Roma tours and it was great. We went straight in, had to go through security but then our tour began. We got to see the museum, the chapel and the Basilica. The tour guide Alma was great and full of interesting facts. Its a wonderful and stunning place to see but it was very busy and hectic which made it difficult to really appreciate it. Still glad we went and got to see it. Remember you must cover your shoulders and knees to go into both the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica, dress appropriately or bring a scarf for your shoulders.

  • R i

    5
    - 12 July 2018 -

    A lot of steps, did not disappoint. It will cost you 8 euros to be able to climb the St. Peter's Basilica (or 10 when you want to take the elevator to around half of the dome). It is worth paying this price as it the view (after the climb) is magnificent. It is a rough climb though, be prepared for all kinds of steps, slopes, ropes and small corridors. When you have descended the dome and you are back in the church (or visit the church itself first) you are met with a huge church, an immense high dome where you can just make out people standing there and knows that that point is only half way up. The line is immense though, had to wait for an hour to be able to get into the church. There is a bag check near the entrance that you will have to pass.

  • Theresa Tran

    5
    - 05 July 2018 -

    Incredibly beautiful! Truly a magnificent experience. Entrance is free but you have to be appropriately dressed. If your shorts are too short, shoulders exposed or too low of a top, they won’t let you in. The church is incredibly decorated in so much history. As a Roman Catholic, it was really special to be in this Basilica. A must visit in in Rome!

  • Jessica Neyman

    5
    - 23 June 2018 -

    If you're going to be Rome then this is a must visit. The artwork and architecture is breathtaking, but be prepared for the crowds. I recommend buying tickets ahead of time in order to skip the lines to get in. You can climb to the top of the dome for €8 Or take the elevator part of the way for €10. There was another long line to wait in so we just walked the whole way up. Just getting to the top was an adventure in itself, with curved walls and tight passages. At the top is a little cafe where you can get something to drink and pastries. There's also a gift shop with a lot of small trinkets to look through. I highly recommend the climb up the dome, it was well worth the €8.

  • Lee Blakeborough

    5
    - 14 June 2018 -

    What a fantastic place - You can't appreciate the true scale and magnitude of the buildings and architecture until you actually see it first hand. That coupled with the atmosphere, which is palpable and truly awe-inspiring; I'm not a religious person by any means, but the sense of history and majesty that this place evokes in people is definitely contagious. Going into the actual Basilica, was even more astounding. The space is huge, yet demands a attention to every detail. You could cut the atmosphere with the proverbial knife, and spoon it was that overpowering. A truly memorable place to visit. We went on an official tour, so got ahead of all the usual ques. Beware of beggars, they pretend and are dressed-up to be bent and diseased crowns, when they are actually young kids.

  • Michael Stephens

    5
    - 11 June 2018 -

    If there is no other place you get to see in Rome, visit the Basilica and Square. There is nothing to prepare you for the grandeur and ornate beauty. Exquisite. Awesome. Overwhelming. Painstaking. Vast. Historic. Holy. Read up on it before you go so you can appreciate all you see. This is far more spectacular than any other site in Rome, even if you're not religious.

  • Simone Masiero

    5
    - 03 June 2018 -

    Lovely experience, such a gorgeous site. If you have the chance, do go to the top! The view is breathtaking! 10€ with an elevator that will take you a little short of halfway and 8€ to do it all on foot. I liked doing it all because it's more rewarding and it's definitely not as bad as one might think! There are just some very tight stairs and corridors in the second part of the ascent. You get to see the inside of the basilica from the edge of the cupola and to overlook the city from the top.

  • Spencer Drager

    5
    - 31 May 2018 -

    Absolutely stunning. The amount of wealth this single structure has is staggering. It is hard to describe the scale of this building and the amount of detail that has gone into the artistry. The only thing I did not enjoy about it was that it was essentially a measuring contest... it was built to be the tallest, just barely, and many of the materials were "borrowed" from previous works of art. Still absolutely worth seeing, and for free no less.

  • Marko Ebert

    4
    - 12 May 2018 -

    I'm neither Catholic nor religious as such, but the basilica is an amazing place to visit. The artwork and architecture alone make it worthwhile. I liked they have secluded naves dedicated just for prayer of visitors. I could have wished for so seating even, if only to keep people from leaning and seating against walls and columns. Be prepared, however, for crowds. It's a huge building, but you can still feel the press of people, especially the guided tour groups.

  • Ry Clark Media Arts

    5
    - 03 May 2018 -

    Great place too visit. We went in December 2017. It felt crowded but was told it was actually the slow Season. So I imagine the Summer brings 3 to 5X more visitors. Still despite the cold weather we enjoyed our time. Walking down all the narrow cobblestone streets, drinking coffee and just checking out all the beautiful art and history is something we won't forget. This picture was taken after a slight rain. We were walking back to our hotel and I happen to walk right by a puddle. To give St Peter Basilica a unique perspective I used the reflection from the puddle to capture this beautiful image. We walked all the way up to the center and there were nativity scenes around. We felt very safe as there were a strong Police and Military presence around. Definitely will try to go back in the Summer.

  • Daniel Grayson

    - 10 May 2018 -

    The Vatican is full of impressive ceilings. This basilica holds its own, ceiling-wise.

  • Daniel Roy

    - 12 March 2018 -

    Well worth waiting in line. Amazing place.

  • Eduardo Pérez

    - 14 February 2018 -

    If you want to skip the queue after visiting the Vatican museum, take the right exit in the sixtine chapel. It says it's exclusive for guided tours but nobody checks anything.

  • Julia Kryvomaz

    - 14 January 2018 -

    Tremendous place! It shows the size and magnificent nature of the Church. I was very sorry that did not go up.

  • Koni Wong

    - 20 December 2017 -

    Wow wow wow

  • Miles Ng

    - 24 October 2017 -

    The biggest and most important Christian Church in the world! 💯 Worth the visit!

  • Jessie

    - 19 September 2017 -

    They did a pretty good job on this one!

  • Michał Składanowski

    - 08 September 2017 -

    Gotta see if you have the determination to queue for hours... or just book it instead :)

  • Humaid Binyelaiyel

    - 28 August 2017 -

    Beautiful architecture and statues

  • Athina 👄👅💔👌

    - 23 August 2017 -

    It's a museum more than a church amazing

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St. Peter's Basilica tours

Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St. Peter’s and Sistine Chapel

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Skip the line inside St. Peter's Basilica on this Rome Super Saver, including both a guided walking tour and audio-guided visit to the cupola. Ride an elevator to the cupola and admire the mosaic designs of Michelangelo. Then walk 300 steps to enjoy unrivaled views at the top, the highest point in...

Entire Vatican and Vatacombs: Heritage of Rome Tour

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Enjoy a self-guided tour of the stunning Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica with this skip-the-line ticket. Enter the world-famous Vatican museum complex, made up of numerous galleries with many well-known masterpieces. Bypass the queue and see one of the world's finest...

Rome in a Day: Vatican and Colosseum with Skip the Line

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