St Peter’s Square Vatican City – Exclusive Official Private Guided Tours of Rome and the Vatican Museum
St. Peter’s Square Rome | Elliptical in shape, 320 meters long and 240 meters wide. On the occasion of important liturgical events, St. Peter’s Square with a capacity of over 300,000 people.
St. Peter’s Square in Rome is one of the most famous squares in the world, thanks only to its exceptional size but also because it is a real masterpiece of architecture. Designed by Gian Lorenzo del Bernini who built it between 1656 and 1667, with the aim of making access to the newly completed St. Peter’s Basilica triumphal.
An immense frame that precedes the churchyard and the facade of the Basilica transports you physically and emotionally towards the extraordinary dome of Michelangelo.
Two perfect lateral hemicycles that form an ellipse and, like two mighty arms, formed by two arcades composed of 284 columns, 88 similar pillars, and on whose entablature 140 statues representing saints and characters of Catholic history are housed.
Everything is perfectly and solemnly homogeneous and architecturally balanced, fountains and a central obelisk are set like diamonds on a jewel.
The obelisk in the center of the square, commissioned by Pope Sixtus V and built by the architect Domenico Fontana in 1586, is Egyptian, imported by the Romans from the city of Heliopolis, originally decorated the central spine of the circus of Caligula and Nero.
St. Peter’s Square Rome | On the sides of the square, there are two splendid and identical fountains, designed by Maderno (1612–1614), which thanks to the roar caused by powerful jets of water fill the architectural space with a natural and powerful melody.
A coordinated, unique, and admirable composition, the result of centuries of perfection.
The proportions expand, the space becomes an illusion and the dimensions are enhanced in an incredible and mystical scenography.
This grandeur and architectural grandeur deliberately places man before his littleness in front of the Church in the representation of God.
Every Sunday at 12 noon a crowd of pilgrims and onlookers gathers to attend the Angelus celebration and receives the blessing of the Holy Father imparted from the window of his study in the Apostolic Palace. Every Wednesday in St. Peter’s Square the Papal Audience is held, a unique event attended by people from all over the world.
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