St. Peter's Square, Vatican City

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.
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  • The Piazza San Pietro is a masterpiece of design. Bernini designed the space between 1656-1667 under the direction Pope Alexander VII. One of the colonnades has Pope Alexander VII name inscribed...  more »
  • The square is massive, and has some really interesting views of the basilica etc. Easy to see when you come out after a tour.  more »

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