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St. Peters Basilica - WOW!

A September 1999 trip to Rome by tjtr23

Quote: This is amazing whether or not you have an interest in architecture.

St. Peters Basilica - WOW!

Overview

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The first thing you will see is the top of Michelangelo’s dome which was eventually completed after his death and the 12 apostles that stand before it. The massive area once housed 400,000 people at a time and nowadays brings millions of visitors every year. There are tombs that date back 2000 years including that of kings, emperors and popes such as Popes John XXIII and Paul VI who had been buried in more primitive churches before this one on the same piece of ground. It is a strange feeling to walk throughout this ancient church and to see the priceless art work and history and know that I only scraped the surface of its entirety. It is unfortunate if you are not able to see the on ...Read More

Vatican

Attraction | "Vatican City"

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The Vatican City became a state within a state in 1929 although it goes back further in history. It is probably one of the richest countries in the world for its size in addition to its many priceless treasures. The Sistine Chapel, Vatican Library and Museums, and, of course, St. Peter's Basilica are seen in this area.

It stretches 109 acres and even has its own postal system, separate to that of Rome and also, jail and service station etc. for those who reside on the inside.

As you can see from the phot below, the grounds are maintained to the highest of standards and it seemed like there is a whole new world inside.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 11, 2003

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