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Statue of St. Peter

This famous ancient bronze statue of St. Peter sits on a throne as he gives blessings while holding... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We were told that if you touch his foot that you would be bledded for life. I already feel that way... read more

Reviewed November 2, 2018
steve f
Liverpool, New York
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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.
Vatican City, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This famous ancient bronze statue of St. Peter sits on a throne as he gives blessings while holding the keys to the kingdom of heaven. The right toe has been worn thin by visitors touching his foot.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank nellielim
Reviewed November 2, 2018

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!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 31, 2018

there is always a queue in front of a lifesize statue of st peter in the basilica . legend has it that touching that kissing the toe brings good luck and hence most people visiting the basilica indulge in this roman ritaul. as a result...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dishaa S
Reviewed October 28, 2018

The bronze statue of St Peter sitting on a throne, with the keys of heaven in hand is situated in St Peter's Basilica. Other times it was possible to touch the foot of the statue, but with the new security regulations, you can't reach near...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Gabriel A
Reviewed October 20, 2018

Legend has it that if you rub his foot, you will be blessed. One foot is obviously a different color. One guy patted his knee. Seriously?

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

If your facing the altar this is on the right handside. It was sectioned off so no one can go hear it. Can only appreciate it from afar

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ma Gracia B
Reviewed September 23, 2018

It's said that to touch his right foot is to bring good luck. I can't imagine how many people have done this but the bronze is actually worn off his right foot! I definitely stood in line.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Lissy0717
Reviewed August 14, 2018

Many times by belonging to a tour group you are given preferential treatment. There is no way to skip this line, however. People who do choose to wait are permitted to touch the feet of the statue. For 500 years this has been done resulting...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Carol H
Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

St. Peter’s statue is remarkable and so spiritual as he sits over those who pass by. You rub his foot for blessings. It is all smoothed down, but even though, I still felt blessed when I rubbed it.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Lori O
Reviewed June 24, 2018

This sculpture of St. Peter on his throne is in the middle of St. Peter's Basilica and makes for a nice spot for a quick photo of the man Catholics consider the first pope.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank MichaelK1887
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