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St. Peter's Square

4.6/5
495 Reviews
Square
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Open Open 24 hours
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1-2 hours
Address: Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Phone: +39-6-0608

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St. Peter’s Square is named after St. Peter, who is believed to be the apostle of Jesus by Catholics as the first pope. In the center of the square is an ancient Egyptian obelisk, built in 1586, at the current site. Gian Lorenzo Bernini designed the square about 100 years later, which includes a huge Doric colonnade four columns deep in the "main church". The granite fountain built by Bernini in 1675 matches another fountain designed by Carlo Maderno in 1613.

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Introduction

St. Peter's Square is located directly in front of St. Peter's Basilica. Laid out in the 17th century, it is a gathering place for Christians. Standing in this grand square, even if you are not a christian it's hard not to be awestruck by its grandeur. Many sculptures, all of religious figures, stand atop a colonnade surrounding the square, which was completed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and his students. At the center of the square stands an obelisk that originally stood at Heliopolis, but was later ordered to be brought to Rome by the emperor Caligula. At the top of the obelisk there was once a gilt ball that was said to contain the ashes of Julius Caesar.
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