Piazza San Pietro

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Built between 1656 and 1667 during the pontificate of Alexander VII, and designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in order to embrace visitors in the “maternal arms of Mother Church”, the Piazza San Pietro is one of the most recognizable squares in the world, with its staircase leading to the St. Peter’s Basilica and the statues of Saint Paul and Saint Peter welcoming the visitors.

Located in Vatican City, this is the core of the papal enclave in the heart of Rome. It can hold more than 300.000 people in its 320 meters long by 240 meters wide space, and it’s particularly impressive because of the 284 columns and 88 pilasters which hold 140 statues of saints created in 1670 by disciples of Bernini.

At the center stands an uninscribed Egyptian obelisk made of red granite, supported by bronze lions, originally erected at Heliopolis, Egypt, by an unknown pharaoh. It got its leading street, the Via Della Conciliazione, only in 1950, designed to become a monumental entrance to the striking square.

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Piazza San Pietro 00120 Città del Vaticano