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St. Peter's Square, Vatican City

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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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  • We are not Catholic, but I still really wanted to visit this site. It's truly stunning. The day we visited was HOT and there isn't much shade available. We did not visit the Basilica or Chapel... 
    We are not Catholic, but I still really wanted to visit this site. It's truly stunning. The day we visited was HOT and there isn't much shade available. We did not visit the Basilica or Chapel...  more »
  • If you come from Castle Sant'Angelo (just a few mins walk), the view walking towards St. Peter's Square on Via della Conciliazione is truly something else! The square is huge. It's a location where... 
    If you come from Castle Sant'Angelo (just a few mins walk), the view walking towards St. Peter's Square on Via della Conciliazione is truly something else! The square is huge. It's a location where...  more »

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