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Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini

Address: Basilica di San Pietro | Piazza di San Pietro, Vatican City, Italy
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Ranked #14 of 31 things to do in Vatican City
Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

There is so much to see in St. Peter's Basilica. Nonetheless, you must stop and pause to take in all the sites. This is one of the sites that you need to see and pause to take it all in. Once you do your appreciation will grow exponentially.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

When you first enter St. Peter's Basilica, you are met with the long nave of the church and the massive culmination under the dome that is Bernini's Baldacchino. As you approach, it just seems to get larger and larger and larger. It absolutely towers over everything in the Basilica and is clearly the main focal point to which all roads... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This is an awesome structure inside the church of St. Peter. You have seen photos of it - but seeing it in person is amazing. It is huge and dominates the apse area of the church.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Beautiful shrine to St. Peter centered under the large dome of the Basilica. The work by Bernini is magnificent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

As told in a 1976 article by Phillip Fehl, legend has it that a niece of Pope Urban VIII was having a difficult pregnancy. Bernini showed her face on the Barberini coats of arms on the column bases of the baldacchino. Her face becomes contorted as if in labor. The final coat of arms replaces her face with that of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I've wanted to see this since I was in high school and learned about Bernini in an English/art history class. It's so much bigger than I imagined! I really like the way the dome above it (with God the Father) is in line with the dove (Holy Spirit) on the underside of the Baldacchino, which is then over the altar... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

This is a beautiful shrine / chapel in the Vatican city it just makes it all fit together so well it really belongs in this awsome settimng

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

The one thing that captures your attention inside the Basilica is Bernini's Baldacchino di San Pietro or St. Peter's Baldachin. The four shining bronze spiral columns sometimes described as twisted Solomonic columns surrounding the papal altar appears in numerous TV broadcasts from inside the Basilica every year. It marks the tomb of St. Peter directly below. If you look at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

To visit St Peter Basilica with guided tour is an advantage to skip the line and given the priority to see the chair of St Peter and his sarphagus under the altar for closer view. The information given by tour guide is well worth the history of Roman Catholic and arts of wall paintings ,sculpture and the whole basilica. One... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

When you look around the basilica take the time to admire the work of Bernini. The bronze structure is so detailed and beautiful and creates a sense of majesty. The bronze was pilfered from the Pantheon.

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