St. Peter’s Square (Piazza San Pietro), Vatican

Saint Peter's Square is the famous square of the Vatican, the smallest state of the world. The square located in front of the St. Peter's Basilica, was made by Neapolitan artist, sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini for Pope Alexander VIII between 1656-1667. Bernini's 196 cm spaced column sequence, is opened two sides as if it will embrace visitors who come here.

Situated in the middle of the square and remained from the 1st century BC, the obelisk was brought from Alexandria and erected on its currently situation by the help of 150 horses and 47 cranes in 1586. Also there are two fountains on St. Peter's Square. The fountain on the left is of Bernini, the fountain on the right is the work of Domenico Fontana.

If the Pope is in his residence, it usually addresses public every Wednesday at 10.30. Also On Sundays at noon, he appears at the window of his apartment for sunday ritual and addresses the crowd in the square with a short speech.

The point which you can see the square best is the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. You can watch the Roman scenery, especially the square, by going out to the dome.

St. Peter's Square Visiting Informations

  • Address: Piazza San Pietro, Rome
  • Transportation: You can reach the area by bus 62 or via the metro stop "Ottaviano".


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