St. Peter Enthroned
St. Peter Enthroned
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This masterpiece shows St. Peter sitting bearded and dressed as a philosopher, with his left hand carrying keys, the right hand being raised in blessing.
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Neighborhood: Vatican / Borgo
Frocked priests, colorful Swiss Guards, insistent souvenir shop owners, flag-waving tour guides, and pilgrims from around the world. This is the Vatican and Borgo, Rome's most recognized neighborhood which acts as Vatican City's front yard. Aside from the souvenir boutiques and a few food spots, the only business conducted here is papal. In the daytime, the tiny medieval sector bustles with holy activity, as visitors vie for elbow room, or stand in line for a visit. Once the sun sets, the neighborhood is transformed into a quiet and picturesque hamlet.
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Malgorzata
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May 2019
The famous bronze statue of St. Peter is placed against the pillar of St. Longinus, above an alabaster base that was executed in 1757 by Carlo Marchionni. In this statue St. Peter is seated on a marble see , dressed with the philosophical stole, with his left hand holding the keys close to his chest and the right raised in the act of blessing. His right foot protrudes from the previously mentioned base. Pilgrims who come to the Basilica traditionally touch and kiss its foot. In the Middle Ages pilgrims who reached Rome, touched and kissed the foot of the statue and prayed to St. Peter asking that he be merciful and open the gates of heaven for them if they died during the pilgrimage.
Written April 15, 2020
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midway42
Georgia3,089 contributions
Oct 2012 • Solo
Facing the papal altar and looking to the right, one sees the famous bronze statue of St. Peter, believed to be a 13th Century work by Arnolfo di Cambio. I managed to stop by here on every visit I made to the church itself and was always able to see it, although there were varying numbers of people around it from time to time (any line to see it moves rather quickly) and it was occasionally inaccessible if a mass was in progress. Pilgrims traditionally touch and/or kiss the foot and it was quite striking to see how thin it is; this dynamic lends an intimacy to the sculpture missing in other must-see attractions in the basilica. I actually had a more interesting time watching people interact with the statue from afar than I did caressing the foot itself. A must-see on any visit to St. Peter’s and in my opinion worth several stops at various times in the day.
Written November 13, 2012
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China159,170 contributions
Feb 2012 • Couples
This is one of so many things to see in St. Peter's Basilica. Here you will find a statue of the patron saint Peter, for which the Basilica is named after. It is located near the centre of St. Peter's on the inside pillar in the centre of the nave just in front of the altar and Baldacchino

The St. Peter's Statue was built by Arnolfo di Cambio over 800 years ago and what makes this monument particularly interesting is how the toe and foot are not only shiny but have been worn down by centuries of visitors touching and kissing them while offering up prayer and asking for blessing from St. Peter.

It's worth your time finding this statue while browsing through St. Peter's looking at the number of interesting, important and beautiful things to see here.
Written April 19, 2012
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Loretta R
Hermosa Beach, CA394 contributions
May 2012 • Friends
When in Saint Peter’s Basilica, be sure to visit the statue of St. Peter. He sits to the right of the altar. Pilgrims have been rubbing the right foot of this statue since around the late 1200s, so the foot is now a smooth flat surface. If you want St. Peter to bless you and open the gates of heaven for you—or you’re just looking for good luck--rub his foot. There will likely be a line to reach St. Peter’s foot, but it will move quickly. I was last in St. Peter’s after a papal blessing, which I assume creates the largest crowds for the basilica; and it took me perhaps 5 minutes to reach St. Peter. So, the worst case scenario would be a 5 minute wait. And that is NOTHING to be part of a long tradition of rubbing the saint’s foot.
Written July 17, 2012
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CharlieTheChaplain
Burstow, UK130 contributions
Sep 2019
A must see when in St Peter’s Basilica- I remember many years ago you could kiss the feet of St Peter, after so many people kissing his feet his toes deteriorated and this is no longer possible.

But worth seeing when in the basilica.
Written September 29, 2019
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Anonymous X
Flanders, Belgium40 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
St. Peter has a place in the middle of the basilica. Visitors have been rubbing his foot for good luck so give that a try when you're visiting the St. Peter's Basilica
Written May 28, 2019
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steve f
Liverpool, NY681 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
We were told that if you touch his foot that you would be bledded for life. I already feel that way but I touched anyway!
Written November 2, 2018
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Mira O
Albuquerque, NM142 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
So many great reviews about this already so I wont have alot to say.

This statue is in the St. Peter's Basilica which has no entrance fee but a long line. When you have a tour at the Vatican Museum or Sistine Chapel then you get to skip the line!

It is a bronze statue of Saint Peter holding the keys of heaven. Thousands of people pass by him every year to touch him in prayer and for blessings into heaven. The statues right foot is worn down from the touch of so many. We too partook in the blessings from St. Peter.

Many tours end in the Cathedral so you can stay past your tour to really take in all of the sites. There is not one inch of the place that is not ornate or a piece of art. Simply breathtaking.
Written July 24, 2016
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Andrew C
Austin, TX61 contributions
Jul 2012 • Couples
This sculpture is interesting, but you can easily get distracted from it or miss it entirely when you're swept away by the grandeur of St. Peter's and it's art.
Written August 3, 2012
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Rob C
San Jose, CA2,115 contributions
Jul 2019
a roman sculpture with a new head placed on it to adhere to christian mythology. Average sculpture like there are thousands of others. It certainly is not a likeness of St. Peter nor was it sculpted during his life or with him in mind. If you don't know about it you'll simply walk by without noticing.
Written August 8, 2019
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