Saint Peter's Square - Rome

Saint Peter's Square lies directly in front of Saint Peter’s Basilica, in the Vatican City. Under the direction of Pope Alexander VII who wanted a forecourt which allowed the greatest number of people to see the Pope deliver his blessing, the space in front of the basilica was redesigned from 1656 to 1667 by Gian Lorenzo Bernini - one of the major personalities of Baroque art. He succeeded in creating an impressive space, with its imposing colonnade and central obelisk. The colonnade symbolises, according to Bernini, ‘the gathering of Christianity’ - all the more apparent when the square is packed with pilgrims coming to receive the Pope’s Easter and Christmas blessings.


Open access


Open access

Address : Piazza San Pietro 193 Rome Italy

Subway : Metro A : Ottaviano

Bus : Bus : 34, 46, 62, 64, 98, 115, 116, 190, 571, 881, 916, 982. Tram 19 : Ottaviano

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