Basilica di San Pietro - Luoghi da visitare

SAINT PETER Church

Placed in the Vatican (an independent state in the Italian territory) overlooking St. Peter's Square Bernini's masterpiece. This basilica is the spiritual center of Christendom and Bramante, Raphael, G. da Sangallo, Peruzzi, A. da Sangallo In 1547 Michelangelo which remains the apse and dome of the largest masonry work ever. 

Later on, Maderno built the façade and, by order of the Pope, the Greek cross plan of the church from a Latin cross. Preceded by a huge staircase, the facade has columns including emerging open windows. The largest, the middle one is the benediction loggia. 
The lobby is decorated with stucco work of Maderno and mosaics, particularly interesting is the mosaic "The Spaceship" by Giotto. Five bronze doors lead inside, one of them, the holy door opens only during Jubilees. The church is imposing and grandiose. At the center under the luminous dome decorated with mosaics, and above the papal altar stands the bronze baldachin by Bernini. On the right stands the bronze statue of St Peter A. di Cambio, with the right foot worn down by the kiss of millions of the faithful. In the right aisle there is the Pieta, Michelangelo's marble group. In the Apse the magnificent St. Peter's Chair bronze work by Bernini. 
And 'possible to visit the dome from which you can enjoy an exceptional panorama of Rome. 

Go to stop Lepanto  - line 19 for 4 stops (s.pietroi) - walk for 450 m 

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