Enclosed by Bernini's magnificent colonnade, this square has the largest number of visitors in the world. Millions of ... More
Piazza San Pietro
Enclosed by Bernini's magnificent colonnade, this square has the largest number of visitors in the world. Millions of tourists wait here either for the Pope's Sunday blessing or to enter the Basilica . More than a square, the colonnade gives it the atmosphere of a courtyard, inviting people to enter the church. During Christmas, a nativity scene and a Christmas tree are installed, and there is a remarkable atmosphere of celebration, with the majestic dome dominating the scene behind.
Now we walked to the Piazza St. Pietre. The large expanse of the square opened up in front of us. We caught it at sunset so our pictures from the East are obscured by the sun’s bright rays. Some of our photos have the rays emanating from the basilica into the sky above the square. The 2 curved balustrades to each side of the basilica that surrounded the square marveled us. The large columns topped by more sculptures are impressive. It is a large square. It hit me. This is the place so many people gather for significant Vatican events. This is the location of so many historically significant happenings.
After taking several photos of the square from every angle, we went through the metal detectors to enter the basilica. We saw 2 Swiss Card at Post as we entered. The lines were short and the entry fee was, well, cheap, Free. Hurray. The inside of the Basilica is just as impressive as the entryway of the square. Luis and I walked around the entire building taking pictures without flash with hopes several photos would remind us of the place. I am at a loss of words to describe the immense size, the amount of sculpture and art of this location.
WOW! A scale so massive it is difficult to appreciate
By A Yahoo Contributor, 11/26/06
St. Peters Square is something that you must see if you are in Vatican City, but be forwarned it is huge! The statutues on top of the arms of the porticos on either side of the square are 25 feet tall! The statues on top of Saint Peter's are even taller. The writing on Saint Peter's is 12 feet tall.
It was said the Michaelangelo was the one that developed the piazza and designed everything in the overly massive scale so that the viewer would not be overwhelmed by the scale of the square.
Try not to go if you can help it on Wednesdays as this is the day the pope speaks and the crowds are very large. It is best viewed early, early morning or later afternoon.
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