This is an amazing creation of man. It is truly over the top but it is beautiful. You cannot help but marvel at what it is and what it represents. I went on a Sunday morning during Lent and we arrived around 9 am and were in the Basilica before the start of Mass at 10:30. There are going to be lines. Expect it. But they did move quickly and once you are passed security, you can pretty much stay for as long as you like and explore as much of the church as you like. Personally, I enjoyed ascending to the top of the Cupola. It does cost 7 euros (if you take the elevator - 5 if you climb the 500 steps). It was a gorgeous day and the views from the top were amazing. Seeing Micheleangelo's Pieta was breathtaking. St. Peter's is one of the things everyone should see if they are in Rome.
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