St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City: Hours, Address, St. Peter's Basilica Reviews: 5/5

St. Peter's Basilica
5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Churches & Cathedrals
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
Arguably one of the finest Cathedrals in the entire world, St. Peter's is the spiritual center of the Vatican and the product of many of Italy's great Renaissance's architects, among them Bramante, Raphael and Michelangelo.
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The area
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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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Taste O
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia27 contributions
The biggest basilica in the world
Jun 2020 • Family
This is the biggest church in the world, very huge and decorated , it worth every minute that you spend there , many details to see.
Written June 13, 2021
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georgiesimms
Taunton, UK59 contributions
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but calves can be after climbing 600 steps!
Sep 2020 • Friends
Utterly jaw dropping views. A must visit regardless of your interest in the church. NOTE: CLIMB THE STEPS YOURSELF. There are circa 500-600 steps to the top (which you can climb yourself for a reduced entry price) and I would highly recommend doing so. It made the already amazing view even more worth while. Never mind the colosseum or the Sistine chapel - this is the place in Rome to visit.
Written May 6, 2021
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Martin Carroll
Winchester, VA266 contributions
A Few Points you may have missed!
May 2020
Visiting St. Peter's Basilica for the first time is an uplifting feeling. You can easily miss some things that in in the Basilica.

As you enter, look to the right, against the far wall you will see Michelanglo's "Pieta" sculpture. I was stunned to see that someone could start with a block of marble and come to this result. The sculpture is behind bullet proof glass !

The photo from the roof is the gift to those who climbed the "many" stairs to the roof.

The large black canopy over the main altar is the "Baldachin" by Benini. The Baldachin is to respect the tomb of St. Peter which is under the main altar.

A beautiful place !!!!
Written April 27, 2021
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dapper777
Monaco30,836 contributions
Entering the basilica is already awe-inspiring.
Jan 2021 • Friends
St. Peter's, the beating heart of Catholicism.
St. Peter's Church attracts pilgrims from all over the world.
Almost everyone is amazed upon entering the richly decorated Basilica, under Michelangelo's vast dome.
In the 2nd century, a sanctuary was erected over the tomb of St. Peter.
The first great basilica, ordered by Emperor Constantine, was completed around 349 AD.
In the 15th century it was in ruins and in 1506 Pope Julius II laid the first stone of the new church.
However, it took more than a century to build and all the great architects of the Roman Renaissance and Baroque worked on it.
Coming to Rome and not visiting St. Peter's Basilica is something that even those who are not Catholics should not do.
It is of the richest places in art and history in the world.
Entering the basilica is already awe-inspiring. Seeing the tall dome from the inside and all the works of art that decorate it is a memorable experience
If you want to try something unique and have a 360 degree view of Rome, go up the Dome, it is tiring (an infinite number of steps) but it is worth it and you will have a unique view.
Written April 26, 2021
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Moshe Strugano
Israel3 contributions
Amazing and Please experience
Apr 2021
Moshe Strugano (Attorney - Moshe Strugano & Co.) says no words can describe the feelings we have here. Art, architecture everything is brilliant here. The positive feeling we get here are amazing. I will recommend everyone to visit this place once in a life, I am sure you will come again and again without hestitation.
Written April 9, 2021
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Karen T
17 contributions
Guided Tour
Sep 2020 • Couples
This was such a great place to visit. We had a one to one guide who was brilliant. The Basillica itself was beautiful and so serene. I would deffinatly recommend a guide because you get to know more of the history of the place than if you did the tour on your own.
Written March 20, 2021
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Isabella F
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
Sistina Chapel and Musei Vaticani
Mar 2021
The visit of Musei Vaticani finishes in the Sistina Chapel. There are no words to describe this experience, the amount of master pieces and the beauty of the collection is breathtaking!
Written March 4, 2021
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chris k
Thessaloniki, Greece41 contributions
Magnificent
Mar 2020
It is the most mindblowing temple of any kind i have ever seen.It does not seem that grand from far away but as you move closer oh my god how it makes you feel
Written February 22, 2021
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McKenna N
Gainesville, FL119 contributions
A must see, spectacularly huge and beautiful
Jun 2020
This basilica is stunning. It is an absolute must-see in Rome for art, architecture, religion, or culture fans, or really anyone who appreciates beauty. We arrived first thing and had it basically to ourselves, which was unbeatable. I really can't recommend this enough. When we walked by later, the lines were long and the inside looked packed. Instead, we walked around everywhere in peace.
Written February 17, 2021
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Eyal Asher
Hod Hasharon, Israel3,552 contributions
No less amazing, One of the most impressive
Feb 2020
Traveling within the Vatican is like going back in time.
The impressive buildings one of which is the hall where the Pope is proclaimed, the magnificent museum the gardens and of course the impressive church.
Very special. A must place for anyone traveling in Rome.
Recommend buying a combined ticket for all the attractions and spending the time on the interesting tour.
You will not regret and of course worth every euro.
Written January 31, 2021
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St. Peter's Basilica is open:
  • Sun - Sat 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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