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Half day tour to the Vatican Museums one of the world’s largest museum complexes, containing so...
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Towering over the skyline of the Vatican City, the Basilica of Saint Peter is one of the largest and most renowned churches in the world.
Towering over the skyline of the Vatican City, the Basilica of Saint Peter is one of the largest and most renowned churches in the world. Built in the 16th-17th century on the site where Saint Peter died and was buried in 64 AD, the church is a breathtaking Renaissance masterpiece that is regarded as one of the greatest constructions of its era. As one of the most-visited attractions in Rome, it can have impossibly long queues for admission. Book your Skip the Line tickets today for an expedited and hassle-free entry.
It was primarily designed by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The travertine facade on St Peter's Square is 115 metres wide and 45 metres high, featuring a central order of Corinthian columns surmounted by an architrave inscribed with the words 'IN HONOREM PRINCIPIS APOST PAVLVS V BVRGHESIVS ROMANVS PONT MAX AN MDCXII PONT VII' (In honor of the Prince of Apostles, Paul V Borghese, a Roman Supreme Pontiff, in the year 1612, the seventh of his pontificate). The balustraded roof has 13 statues of Christ with John the Baptist and 11 Apostles except Saint Peter. The pilastered sections at the ends are surmounted by clocks held by angels. Behind the façade, the central dome soars to a height of 136.6 metres as the tallest dome in the world. The facade is preceded by statues of St. Peter and St. Paul at the ends.
The narthex behind the façade has a long barrel vault decorated with ornate stucco and gilt work that serves as a teaser for the awe-inspiring artwork inside. At the ends of the narthex are equestrian figures of Charlemagne (south) and Constantine the Great (north). 5 portals lead into the basilica, with the central Portal of Filaret having a bronze door by Antonio Averulino that belonged to the old basilica. It is flanked by Giacomo Manzù's Gate of Death (far left) named so as it is used for the funeral processions of the Popes, Luciano Minguzzi's Gate of Good and Evil, Venanzo Crocetti's Portal of the Sacraments, and Vico Consorti's Holy Door.
The gargantuan interiors are truly stupendous, with a whopping 45 altars and 11 chapels. There are 3 naves demarcated by pillars, covered by a coffered barrel-vaulted ceiling. The central nave is 90 metres long, 26 metres wide, and 45 meters high. The 3 main highlights of the Basilica are –
Explore the basilica to see the symbolic Chair of Saint Peter, Arnolfo di Cambio's bronze statue of Saint Peter Enthroned, tombs of the Popes, and other art works in the chapels. The left transept leads to the Museo Storico-Artistico, which showcases the treasury comprising historical ecclesiastical objects. The Vatican Grottoes beneath the basilica contain the tombs and sarcophagi of numerous popes, as well as columns from the original 4th century basilica.
Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
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On top of the Capitol hill, the piazza was designed by Michelangelo
Also based on a Michelangelo architectural plan, this compact gallery is well endowed in classical sculpture and paintings
The Capitoline Hill may be the smallest of the Seven Hills of Rome, but it certainly was important to the ancient Romans who believed that it was indestructible, and adopted it as a symbol of eternity
The remains of the ancient Roman archives, where Cicero and Seneca did research
The Basilica of St
The Altare della Patria or Altar of the Father honors Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of a unified Italy and Father of the Fatherland
More of an enormous traffic circle than a piazza, but a good central location
Leaders of Rome's defeated enemies were imprisoned here where they either died of starvation or strangulation
In the very heart of the city center, the building was for centuries ago the seat of the Venice embassy