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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Reviews

  • 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.

  • Jason P Cargill

    5
    - 02 May 2018 -

    We visited Rome last summer and this was one of the places we had to see. It is so beautiful inside! The size is a bit overwhelming at first. Of course it's huge on the outside, but once you walk inside, it takes your breath away. If you want to climb to the top of the basilica to get an amazing view of the city, I would recommend getting in line early in the morning. There are a lot, and I mean a lot of stairs to climb as well. You can take an elevator that drops you off half the way up, but you do have to walk the rest of the way. It's well worth it. Once we came down and entered the church, we saw the line to go to the top and it stretched around the square. The wait is hours at that point and we only waited maybe 30 minutes that morning. And make sure you go under the church to view the tomb of the popes.

  • Gaspar Radu

    5
    - 22 April 2018 -

    The Vatican City is always an amazing experience. The works inside St. Peter's Basilica, its size, the view from the top... simply amazing. The line moves fast so don't worry about the crowd you'll find there. They also have a lot of souvenirs, including jewelry... just make sure you have enough money on you, they're pricey to say the least. One interesting fact is that the nuns there speak an impressive amount of languages, so you'll feel like home no matter where you're from. Also, everything there is protected by Swiss Guards (basically their military)... they're not like the queens guards, so admire them from afar.

  • Ann K

    5
    - 25 March 2018 -

    The pinnacle of the trip to Rome. Mind-blowing beauty and grandeur. To better enjoy it, expect to spend the whole day (in the Vatican). If possible, go to the top of the basilica - unforgettable! It was only €6 or €8 (the line was long but moving pretty quickly). Mind you, the stairs are not that easy: 551 stairs up and some tight passageways (being in great physical shape I felt every muscle in my body going up, going down and after). There is an elevator but not to the very top, I believe. The views are tremendous, and inside the basilica everything is a masterpiece. Definitely stop by Pieta by Michelangelo, his first work of that kind. Don’t forget to send a postcard from Vatican City (there is a mobile post office parked outside the basilica right on the piazza, and it’s very cheap to send a postcard to anywhere in the world).

  • Lucas Baeta

    5
    - 31 January 2018 -

    A Basílica de São Pedro abriga em seu interior a Santa Sede, sendo o templo religioso mais importante do catolicismo e a igreja onde o papa realiza as liturgias mais importantes. A construção da basílica começou em 1506 e terminou em 1626, sendo consagrada em 18 de novembro desse mesmo ano. Em sua construção participaram diversos arquitetos, entre os quais poderíamos destacar Bramante, Michelangelo ou Carlo Maderno. O nome da basílica se deve ao primeiro Papa da história, São Pedro, cujo corpo está enterrado na basílica. A Basílica de São Pedro tem uma capacidade para 200.000 pessoas. Mede 190 metros de comprimento e a nave central tem 46 metros de altura. A cúpula alcança uma altura de 136 metros. Entre as obras de arte que podem ser encontradas em seu interior se destacam o Baldaquino de Bernini, La Pietà de Michelangelo e a estátua de São Pedro em seu trono. Essa última tem o pé direito desgastado pelos beijos dos fiéis. Uma das coisas que mais chamam a atenção da basílica é sua incrível cúpula. Foi iniciada por Michelangelo, Giacomo Della Porta continuou o trabalho e Carlo Maderno o finalizou em 1614. A Cúpula da Basílica de São Pedro serviu de inspiração para outros projetos posteriores, como a St. Paul’s Cathedral de Londres e o Capitólio de Washington.

  • Jake Horn

    5
    - 31 January 2018 -

    Has to be one of the best views in Rome! The queue didn’t take too long (maybe 20 minutes on a Monday), and you can go straight into the Basilica, including the downstairs ‘Tombs of former Popes’ which was very interesting! Pay €8 to climb the stairs (or €10 for the lift, DOES NOT TAKE YOU TO THE VERY TOP I don’t think, just good to note) of the Basilica, you get to see the mosaics up close at the top of the dome, then up some very steep and cramped stairways you come out at the very top on the outside of the dome. This was worth the €8 for sure, the best views of the city, and you can look over into the Vatican too. If you are looking for some amazing architecture and most likely one of the best views of Rome, definitely visit here!

  • Michael B Shannon

    4
    - 27 January 2018 -

    Fabulous place, although there is a long queue to get inside and loads of people inside. The climb to the top of the dome is definitely worth the long queue (again!) Once you have climbed to the top and gone outside the views are incredible - I could have happily stayed all day. I don't know how many steps there are but my legs ached the next day, definitely worth the effort though.

  • 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

This comprehensive 3-hour Vatican tour includes Sistine Chapel, the extensive Vatican Museums and the ‘Vatacombs’ - the final resting place of many popes. Explore the heritage of Rome and the world-class art collection of Vatican City with your guide, a professional art historian. You’ll bypass...

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