St. Peters Basilica

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by mlmeredith on August 16, 2007

For Catholics it's a pilgrimage. But the beauty of St. Peter's transcends Catholicism, with art and sculpture by the likes of Michelangelo, Bernini, and countless others.

As a "non-affiliated" Protestant, I'll sidestep the theological aspect and just dwell on the beauty of this building, which is beyond belief. The cynical or disrespectful among us might deride the opulence of this facility, but compare it to almost any other building or work dedicated to a major faith could suffer from unfair assertions such as "why the expense? Why couldn't they...?"

The art work is spectacular! Michelangelo's Pieta is almost worth the trip to Rome all by itself. But the space itself has a certain communion about it. People of faith, curiosity seekers, art lovers and gawking tourists mingle (sometimes shoulder to shoulder) within the confines of one of the most significant pieces of architecture on the planet.

Don't miss it!

For more information, The Vatican has an excellent website:
St. Peter's Basilica
Piazza San Pietro
Vatican City, Rome, 00193
+39 0669883462

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