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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 #7 of 25 Attractions in Vatican City
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Toronto, Canada
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89 reviews 89 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Lincoln, Nebraska
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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Papa, Hungary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

No picture quite shows just how big this thing really is. Must have taken forever to build. Pretty neat but hard to photograph due to its color and the room is somewhat dim.

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

It;s hard to describe how large it is - from a larger distance it looks quite normal, since the basilica is so long. But when standing next to it you can see how large and bueatifully-sculpted it is. One of the most unique works at that place.

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Almere, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The Baldacchino di San Pietro is the Baldachin in the St. Peter Basilica in Vatican City. It is a huge bronze ciborium, which is usual in important churches, creating holy space above the high altar of the Pope. Commissioned by Pope Urban VIII and designed and built by Bernini between 1623 and 1634. It cannot be missed when you enter... More

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Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The Baldacin that crowns the Pontifical altar was created by Bernin when he was an young man. Its massive size (95 ft tall) and ornate ness was was criticized at its time in part because the bronze used to create it was purloined from the Pantheon. The intricacy of the design with the limits on the type of tools Bernini... More

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Tehran, Iran
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

another masterpiece by bernini!!! u can see Bernini's signature everyewhere in this bascilica. a very tall altar on the spot where saint peter was cruxcified. very tall that my hat nearly dropped when looking at it!!! full of glory and awe.veryyyy crowded to take photo though,so take photo from a distance o have the whole in ur picture and avoide... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

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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