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St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro)
This great building is the center of christianity and is the largest church in the world and center of the Roman catholic faith.

The first church was build here on the site of St. Peterís tomb, by Emperor Constantine in AD 349. In the 15th century Pope Julius II ordered the building of a new stone church and appointed Donato Bramante in 1503 as a chief architect of St. Peterís Basilica. He was succeeded by Michelangelo in 1547. The dome of the church was designed by Michelangelo and is 136.5m (448f) high and 42 m () in diameter. The nave of St. Peterís is 218m (715 ft) and the basilica has 45 altars and 11 chapels.

In 1614 the faÁade was finished by Carlo Maderno and in 1626 St. Peterís was consecrated. The greatest architects and artists of the Renaissance were involved in the building and designing of this grandest church.

Significant works of art include the Pietŗ by Michelangelo, the papal altar Baldacchino and the Throne of St. Peter - by Bernini.

An elevator bring you to the top of the dome where you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Rome and Saint Peter's square.
St. Peter's square Rome
Where is St. Peterís Basilica - St. Peterís Square - Piazza San Pietro, Vatican city

How to get to St. Peterís Basilica Ė By Metro line A to station Ottaviano San Pietro.

Opening hours: Daily from 7:00 AM to 7:00PM; October to March to 6:00 PM
The Dome is open from 8:00AM to 5:45 PM

Donít forget that bare knees and shoulders are not permitted.
St Peters Basilica Rome
St Peter's Basilica, Rome

St Peters Basilica Rome
St Peter's Basilica, Rome

St. Peter's Basilica Rome
St. Peter's Basilica inside, Rome



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