La basilique Saint-Pierre (en latin : Sancti Petri et en italien : San Pietro in Vaticano) est l'édifice religieux le plus important du catholicisme. Elle est située au Vatican, sur la rive droite du Tibre, et sa façade architecturale s'ouvre sur la place Saint-Pierre.
Ann K | mars 25, 2018
The pinnacle of the trip to Rome. Mind-blowing beauty and grandeur. To better enjoy it, expect to spend the whole day (in the Vatican). If possible, go to the top of the basilica - unforgettable! It was only €6 or €8 (the line was long but moving pretty quickly). Mind you, the stairs are not that easy: 551 stairs up and some tight passageways (being in great physical shape I felt every muscle in my body going up, going down and after). There is an elevator but not to the very top, I believe. The views are tremendous, and inside the basilica everything is a masterpiece. Definitely stop by Pieta by Michelangelo, his first work of that kind. Don’t forget to send a postcard from Vatican City (there is a mobile post office parked outside the basilica right on the piazza, and it’s very cheap to send a postcard to anywhere in the world).
Jacob Hahn | févr. 9, 2018
Absolutely stunning! It truly showcases the power of Catholicism in the mid century. The art work and architecture is a true statement. It will leave even the most veteran of cultural tourists star struck. There is no point in going to Rome if you don't visit the Vatican for at least a day. It is well worth both a visit inside and to the top of the dome. One of my favorite times in Rome! Enjoy!
Jeanique Naicker | mars 13, 2018
This might be a bit controversial. From an architectural and historical point of view, I found the Basilica to be beautiful and interesting. You are visually overwhelmed because there is so much to see that you aren't sure what to focus on first or where to spend your time looking. In addition, it is a tourist attraction of note (as evidenced by the pictures). So it's noisy, loud and visually stimulating. It is also very imposing. From a spiritual point of I found it lacking. It is ornate and filled with dramatic sculptures, carvings and lettering of almost 2ft tall Roman numerals and letters. It is literally so opulent that it is such a dramatic juxtaposition to who and what Jesus was. I struggled to reconcile the battered body of Christ in rags and his thorny crown on a cross with the opulence displayed around it.
Joey Cal | janv. 13, 2018
A very cool place to visit, and it seems to be the only place in the Vatican that isn't too expensive. However, you can pay extra to go to the roof by either the stairs or the elevator, which offers a tremendous view of Rome. The chapel itself is beautiful and impressively large. They have a quiet prayer chapel off of the main chapel, and a number of confessional booths (I only saw them in Italian and English). They also seem to have a number of masses throughout the day in the side-chapels. If you go early in the day, the line will be a lot more manageable.
Dom S | mars 25, 2018
Simply breathtaking from an architectural and historical perspective. I'd recommend paying and climbing up the Basilica as you will get rewarded with amazing views of Rome (unless you're afraid of heights and tight spaces). Also my advice is to visit the Basilica early as flocks of Tourist can descend on the place quickly, meaning you may have to queue to get inside (There is a airport style security checkpoint before entering)
Gaspar Radu | avr. 22, 2018
The Vatican City is always an amazing experience. The works inside St. Peter's Basilica, its size, the view from the top... simply amazing. The line moves fast so don't worry about the crowd you'll find there. They also have a lot of souvenirs, including jewelry... just make sure you have enough money on you, they're pricey to say the least. One interesting fact is that the nuns there speak an impressive amount of languages, so you'll feel like home no matter where you're from. Also, everything there is protected by Swiss Guards (basically their military)... they're not like the queens guards, so admire them from afar.
Ry Clark Media Arts | mai 3, 2018
Great place too visit. We went in December 2017. It felt crowded but was told it was actually the slow Season. So I imagine the Summer brings 3 to 5X more visitors. Still despite the cold weather we enjoyed our time. Walking down all the narrow cobblestone streets, drinking coffee and just checking out all the beautiful art and history is something we won't forget. This picture was taken after a slight rain. We were walking back to our hotel and I happen to walk right by a puddle. To give St Peter Basilica a unique perspective I used the reflection from the puddle to capture this beautiful image. We walked all the way up to the center and there were nativity scenes around. We felt very safe as there were a strong Police and Military presence around. Definitely will try to go back in the Summer.
Jason P Cargill | mai 2, 2018
We visited Rome last summer and this was one of the places we had to see. It is so beautiful inside! The size is a bit overwhelming at first. Of course it's huge on the outside, but once you walk inside, it takes your breath away. If you want to climb to the top of the basilica to get an amazing view of the city, I would recommend getting in line early in the morning. There are a lot, and I mean a lot of stairs to climb as well. You can take an elevator that drops you off half the way up, but you do have to walk the rest of the way. It's well worth it. Once we came down and entered the church, we saw the line to go to the top and it stretched around the square. The wait is hours at that point and we only waited maybe 30 minutes that morning. And make sure you go under the church to view the tomb of the popes.
Simone Masiero | juin 3, 2018
Lovely experience, such a gorgeous site. If you have the chance, do go to the top! The view is breathtaking! 10€ with an elevator that will take you a little short of halfway and 8€ to do it all on foot. I liked doing it all because it's more rewarding and it's definitely not as bad as one might think! There are just some very tight stairs and corridors in the second part of the ascent. You get to see the inside of the basilica from the edge of the cupola and to overlook the city from the top.
Michael Stephens | juin 11, 2018
If there is no other place you get to see in Rome, visit the Basilica and Square. There is nothing to prepare you for the grandeur and ornate beauty. Exquisite. Awesome. Overwhelming. Painstaking. Vast. Historic. Holy. Read up on it before you go so you can appreciate all you see. This is far more spectacular than any other site in Rome, even if you're not religious.
Spencer Drager | mai 31, 2018
Absolutely stunning. The amount of wealth this single structure has is staggering. It is hard to describe the scale of this building and the amount of detail that has gone into the artistry. The only thing I did not enjoy about it was that it was essentially a measuring contest... it was built to be the tallest, just barely, and many of the materials were "borrowed" from previous works of art. Still absolutely worth seeing, and for free no less.
Jessica Neyman | juin 23, 2018
If you're going to be Rome then this is a must visit. The artwork and architecture is breathtaking, but be prepared for the crowds. I recommend buying tickets ahead of time in order to skip the lines to get in. You can climb to the top of the dome for €8 Or take the elevator part of the way for €10. There was another long line to wait in so we just walked the whole way up. Just getting to the top was an adventure in itself, with curved walls and tight passages. At the top is a little cafe where you can get something to drink and pastries. There's also a gift shop with a lot of small trinkets to look through. I highly recommend the climb up the dome, it was well worth the €8.
Lee Blakeborough | juin 14, 2018
What a fantastic place - You can't appreciate the true scale and magnitude of the buildings and architecture until you actually see it first hand. That coupled with the atmosphere, which is palpable and truly awe-inspiring; I'm not a religious person by any means, but the sense of history and majesty that this place evokes in people is definitely contagious. Going into the actual Basilica, was even more astounding. The space is huge, yet demands a attention to every detail. You could cut the atmosphere with the proverbial knife, and spoon it was that overpowering. A truly memorable place to visit. We went on an official tour, so got ahead of all the usual ques. Beware of beggars, they pretend and are dressed-up to be bent and diseased crowns, when they are actually young kids.
Theresa Tran | juil. 5, 2018
Incredibly beautiful! Truly a magnificent experience. Entrance is free but you have to be appropriately dressed. If your shorts are too short, shoulders exposed or too low of a top, they won’t let you in. The church is incredibly decorated in so much history. As a Roman Catholic, it was really special to be in this Basilica. A must visit in in Rome!
Leyla Misono | juin 29, 2018
Amazing! Worth every minute in the queue. I went first thing in the morning (around 7am) and it was quite empty, pleasant and I could see a lot without too many people in front or around. I went up to the dome using the lift + 320 steps; the view of Rome from the top is magnificent. Try going there in a beautiful sunny day (when it's not too hot though). But please be mindful that the corridor with the steps that leads to the top can feel quite narrow and claustrophobic, and you cannot just stop in the middle as there are many people going up in front and behind you, so please be prepared physically and do not attempt to go up if you are not used to taking the stairs.
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