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Saint Peter's Square
Saint Peter's Square

Saint Peter's Square

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Viale delle Milizie, 76, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
+39 06 6988 1840
http://www.vaticanstate.va/content/vaticanstate/it/monumenti/basilica-di-s-pietro/la-piazza.html
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Providing a fitting approach to the great church is the huge, elliptical St Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro), designed by Bernini and built between 1656 and 1667. There are two beautiful fountains ... Read more
in the square, the south/left one by Carlo Maderno (1613) and the northern/right one by Bernini (1675).

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Port of Spain

Visit on a Wednesday and be a part of the Papal Audience with the Rome. A must!

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Torun

It’s an absolutely amazing place at any time of the year! It’s the most beautiful when it’s warmer but it doesn’t matter when you will see it. It’s an architectural wonder. Also, I would advice to take an elevator to go to the top of the some. The view of the whole Rome is amazing from there. Go inside the cathedral too. Be careful during evening walks though. There are many homeless people sleeping on the street nearby and outside of the basilica.

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Hazelwood

Very cool, although I was raised Catholic so I had a specific interest. Beautifully well maintained, exquisite art, incredible amount of history in one small space.

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find time durung your trip to "climb" the dom ...you can use the lift and the continue to the top on foot ... astonishing view...

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Centennial

The heart of Vatican City. It's a beautiful square and if you're visiting you can't help but go through it.

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Overlooked by St Peter's Basilica, the Vatican’s central square was laid out between 1656 and 1667 to a design by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Seen from above, it resembles a giant keyhole with two semicircular colonnades, each consisting of four rows of Doric columns, encircling a giant ellipse that straightens out to funnel believers into the basilica. The effect was deliberate – Bernini described the colonnades as representing ‘the motherly arms of the church’.

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Foster City

Most famous picturesque square in Rome. Only after the Tom Hank's movie, Angels and Demons (2009), I paid close attention to the plaques from the ground.

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New Orleans

Regardless of your religious beliefs, a truly beautiful spot. Climb the dome and watch the sunset or relax in the square and people watch. Entrance to basilica is free but you must go through security on right side.

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Los Angeles

The most majestic and beautiful basilica in Rome, you can't visit Rome without at least seeing it from the outside! Watch out: you may run into the Pope.. !

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Los Altos

Inside Vatican City, Saint Peter's square is where the Pope speak every Wednesdays.

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Singapore

April 25 and 27 of 2014 are my most memorable days in St. Peter's Square where I felt one with my universal church in thanking God for the gift of 2 great popes who are now our intercessors in heaven. I was here during the canonization of St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII on Divine Mercy Sunday. God is good!

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Brighton and Hove

Amazing place to spend an afternoon exploring and people watching! Definitely worth a visit

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Cape Town

Large and impressive. Square has an unique location and construction. All those giant sculptures and all the architecture all over this place is just an amazing site that enchants anybody's eyes.

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Los Angeles

Superior views spoiled by the hordes of people including scam artists, pickpockets and flighty tourists. The signage is of little help in telling you where to go for the various tours.

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Klang

It is a massive plaza located directly in front of St. Peter's Basilicain the Vatican City, the papal encrave inside Rome, directly west of the neibogthood or rione of Borgo.

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Brisbane

Be prepared for a crowd. An iconic gathering space in Rome, and whether you specifically plan on visiting it or not, you will almost certainly pass through it as you visit the Vatican

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Tallahassee

This massive square completed by Bernini in 1667 after 11 years holds almost 400,000 people on major occasions. It is surrounded by columns on either side that are four deep and are supposed to give one a sense of being embraced by the mother church. The Egyptian obelisk, 4400+ years old from Heliopolis, is one of, if not the largest in Rome and was moved to this Piazza by Pope Sistus V before Bernini redesigned and expanded the square for Pope Alexander VII. It reportedly took 900 men, 140 horses and 5 months to move the obelisk from Caligula's original placement. I've heard the best view of this square is from the Dome of St Peter's but any view is impressive.

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London

Absolutely beautiful on a clear day. This is where the queues form for the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. You can avoid them with any number of queue jump tickets. The view is great but not for two hours!

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Abergavenny

On my tour of Rome, Vatican City wasn't on the list at all, so when the coach driver decided to treat us, we actually got to slowly drive past St Peter's Square and get a proper look, and it is very impressive indeed. I'm sure the atmosphere must be amazing when it's filled.

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London

You can watch the Pope's speak live from the screens outside. When that happens it is super crowded. Due to security reasons it takes around 45 minutes to get inside the basilica. Absolutely grand.

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Aliases: Piazza San Pietro, Place Saint-Pierre

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