My wife and I visited Rome last July. On our first day there we went to St. Peter's Basilica. Naturally, you can't help but be engaged by this massive piazza that rests in front of the famous church. The square itself was designed so that thousands of people could attend the Pope's outdoor address'. It boasts architectural beauty at the hands of several renowned Italian artists throughout the centuries, but mainly Bernini. The overall design, which you can see if you decide to climb the cupola inside the basilica, is much like two outstretched arms reaching out to embrace the city or those faithful who choose to visit. Many of Bernini's sculptures of biblical saints are lined along the colonnade. At the very center of the symmetrical square you'll find an ancient Egyptian obelisk dating back to 2500 BC. History tells us Peter was put to death at the hands of the Emperor Nero on this site. I found the statue of St. Peter especially moving. His face is portrayed with a gentle humility and compassion yet confidently holding the "keys of the kingdom" in his right hand. There's so much history here! Sit back and breath in the ambiance of this amazing place.
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