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St. Peter's Basilica
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Reviewed 7 December 2013

This really is quite the church. The detail is unlike anything I've ever seen. It's beyond description. The statues are beautiful; the ceiling mesmerizing.

I got lucky and the basilica was not very busy which was nice. Ladies, make sure you cover up. They are serious so save yourself the hassle. And don't flip out about it either. It's a matter of respect. When you build something like this you can make your own rules.

Thank Drdarkknight
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Reviewed 7 December 2013

Of course the Basilica is a must see even if you're not Catholic. It's a masterpiece. Unfortunately modern times hit this sight meaning there are security checks before entering the basilica. The whole huge and wonderfully designed space with Bernini's colonnades is packed and thus destroyed in it's grandness by ugly barriers.

Thank stwproject
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Reviewed 7 December 2013

Beautiful architecture, sculptures and altars. If you are patient you will see the sculptures change as the sunlight shifts particularly in the late afternoon.

Thank JimConnecticut1
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Reviewed 7 December 2013 via mobile

You can't go to rome and miss the Vatican.
This curch is very big and impressive.
Go and see it , you won't regret

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Reviewed 7 December 2013

This is the most crowded place in Rome but you cannot miss it. This is the best site in Rome. Everything pales next to it. If you can spend the money and have the time please book a tour for the Basilica and the Sistine chapel if this is your first time.However if you have two hours and the right attitude this is the best "free" attraction in the world. The security line was 40 min, and very hot in the August sun so wear sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and bring disposable water and an empty bladder! Once you get in,you get to see some of the most famous and exquisite art in history including of course the Pieta which is tucked in the corner behind bullet proof glass. If you didn't come with a tour please do your reading and studying ahead of time and bring a map...maybe Rick Steve's' guide. You have to be patient and be tolerant of crowds. If you are not, don't go. If you are a Christian this is a pilgrimage site short of going to Israel. I am Protestant and found some things macabre, but if you go with a prayerful attitude you will have a spiritual experience. Otherwise if you are in the wrong mood it will be like Vegas or the NYC subway to you. Look around, you are surrounded by priests, nuns, families, young people, all looking for the experience,in art, history, or in spirit?

There are four relics stored around the dome: Veronica's veil, St. Andrew's head?, Longinius' sword, and I think a piece of the cross. The whole basilica is build on the tomb of Peter, where he was martyred, and you can go down to his tomb. This was the site of a Roman circus where they had races and execute prisoners. Ironic that the Roman Empire essentially became the foundation of the roman church.
Remember it's your vacation. You will get out of it what attitude you out into it! Ciao, have a great time.

1  Thank moviemom88
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