Going on a trip to Rome? Then you are surely going to visit the St Peters Rome at Vatican City! Here’s some information about one of Rome’s biggest attractions, that every tourist should know about.
This magnificent basilica is the largest church in the world! Saint Peter’s holds a couple of world records: it is the biggest cathedral in the world with 20139 square meter in size, and it’s also the longest church in the world with the length of 186 meters (694 ft). But when measuring heights, this basilica falls into the 13th place… The Ulm Minster in Germany is the winner in the height category – with 161.5 meter high (530 ft) compared with only 138 meter of St Peter’s (452 ft).
The Basilica San Pietro is home to the remains of Saint Peter who died in 64AD and was considered the first pope. The remains are located in a gold box which is guarded with a bullet proof glass in the basilica crypt. In other words, he is not going anywhere… The remains were found in a secret excavation which was done in 1941 but the official announcement was only made in 1950.
Get to know St Peters in Rome
The St Peters in Rome is built on top of an ancient basilica that was built in the 4th century by the first Roman Emperor that converted into Christianity, Emperor Constantine. The ancient basilica stood for nearly a 1000 years before the works on the new Basilica began in 1506. It took more than 100 years to build this amazing basilica, and among the famous architects who contributed their talent you can find Michelangelo and Bernini. A beautiful statue by Michelangelo “The Pieta” is located in the basilica. Like the remains of St. Peter, the statue is kept behind bullet proof glass.
Entrance to the Basilica is free, but the dressing code is strict, so cover your knees and elbows. When visiting the church, you can climb to the Dome, and enjoy an amazing panoramic view of Rome. You have an option to take an elevator or climb the stairs (which will cost you less). If you plan to visit the rest of the Vatican you can avoid the long lines by taking a guided tour or even a VIP tour which will allow you to explore the area when the rest of the tourists are gone, or before the official opening hours. Register to our special monthly video of Rome, and we will email you for free a special video guide with relevant tips about visiting Rome just before you travel.