Experience the reverence of the Pope--and the heart of Catholicism--in the historic St. Peter's Square, the area in front of St. Peter's Basilica. During the Pope's weekly blessing, the plaza is filled with thousands of spectators. During the rest of the week, you can admire 17th-century Baroque architecture and the massive stone colonnades that frame the entrance to the basilica. A 25.5 m (84 ft) tall red-granite Egyptian obelisk marks the center of the plaza. For St. Peter's Square and beyond, use our Vatican City trip planning website to get the most from your Vatican City vacation.
St. Peter's Square reviews
The square is made up of lots of pillars arranged in a circle and houses thousands of people in each sacred event where the pope delivers a speech. On a daily basis, the square is very touristy and... more »
The details and view from the basilica is unique. What a great place to visit and see the place “empty” during our visit while million of people stand to see the pope more »
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