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Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini

Basilica di San Pietro | Piazza di San Pietro, Vatican City, Italy
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

The one element of touring the Vatican that will consistently blow you away is the sheer skill and artistic genius that went into the detail. All handcrafted in a time when tools were limited. One is awe stricken.

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Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

You can[t miss the Baldacchino as it stands 7 storeys tall and in the middle of the Basilica. This was done by Bernini. You'll be baffled by it's size!!!!

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Fort Lee, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Fascinating and awe inspiring. This 7 story altar is just unbelievable and you will be baffled by its scale. This Bernini creation is breathtaking and its historical significance even more so. The history of St. Peter and this altar are worth the research before you get here so you can appreciate it even more. There is a huge crowd here... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

i spent a good hour or more gawking at the wonder of St. Peter's Basilica. I must have stood admiring this structure for at least 10 minutes, and did not even know it's significance, or that it was done by Bernini. It wasn't until posting my vatican trip on trip advisor that i finally realized it. shame on me. I... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I've always been fascinated by the unique pillars and I was able to see them up close. The baldacchino is elemental to the sense of the area around the altar and under the dome - while unexpected, it does fit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I'll repeat, 7 stories. Stand in front of it and be baffled by the scale. Amazing!!! We used Rick Steve's audio guide in the church and it explained more in depth how it was built.

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Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Impressive and imposing. Still can't work out how this masterpiece was sculpted as it is enormous. Kudos to Bernini.

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

Great experience, I stood there looking at for a while, this master piece is one of the best bungs you can find inside at St. Peter's, simply fabulous.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

the "Baldacchino" is located in the exactly spot where St PEter was crucified (actually 15 meters or so below it, and you check his bones and this exact place if you book the Vatican Necropolis), and is so massive and astonishing that you might not want take your eyes off this gem for a while! In the afternoon, there is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

The famous canopy of St. Peter, one of those attractions that are worth visiting at least once in your lifetime if you have the chance to come here inside the St. Peter Basilica, in fact it is kept inside the huge basilica. The positive aspect is that this is just accessible to all, it is free of charge and you... More

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