St. Peter's Square, Vatican City

Experience the reverence of the Pope--and the heart of Catholicism--in the historic St. Peter's Square, the area in front of St. Peter's Basilica. During the Pope's weekly blessing, the plaza is filled with thousands of spectators. During the rest of the week, you can admire 17th-century Baroque architecture and the massive stone colonnades that frame the entrance to the basilica. A 25.5 m (84 ft) tall red-granite Egyptian obelisk marks the center of the plaza. For St. Peter's Square and beyond, use our Vatican City trip planning website to get the most from your Vatican City vacation.
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  • There are so many details to see as you look around. The quality of the craftsmanship is remarkable. The size is surprising too - it's huge. The square itself is just a square, it's the structures....  more »
  • Seeing this square in photos and seeing it in person are two totally different things! This square is huge! It can hold so many people and sometimes, if you visit on a Sunday, you can see the Pope...  more »

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