Definitive guide

St. Peter's Basilica

The Basilica di San Pietro is an impressive building with a legendary history. The "Center of Christianity" and what lies hidden inside the imposing church is visited annually by as many as 20,000 tourists and pilgrims from around the world.

St. Peter’s Basilica is probably one of the most impressive and beautiful churches in the world. It’s not only a place of worship for the faithful but also a shrine full of art treasures and a paragon for Vatican Baroque architecture.

The building was completed in 1626 and covers an area of more than 15,000 m2. The basilica can seat 2,000 people and is one of the most important and visited shrines of the Roman Catholic Church.

The basilica and St. Peter’s Square are also famous for the pope who gives his famous Urbi et Orbi blessing from the basilica’s balcony on Christmas and Easter Day. For this, each time a large crowd gathers at the square.