Travel Italy by Train: day 11 02 St. Peter’s Basilica

10.jpgThe queue lining up for entry was not too long. Merely half an hour, people could step into the Cathedral.

St. Peter’s Basilica (Latin: Basilica Sancti Petri; Italian: Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano), is the largest church in the world and also renowned with lots of renaissance architecture design.

The construction began on 18 April 1506 and was completed on 18 November 1626. It is an important symbolic landmark to the Catholic Church. The dome rises to a total height around 138 meters. Its internal diameter is around 42 meters.

The church occupies around 23,000 square feet 42of size which holds at least 60,000 visitors. At the front, crowds are enjoying the scene at the St. Peter’s Square and the 500-meter long Via della Conciliazione (Road of the Conciliation).

If anyone want to visit the whole cathedral carefully, particularly to those Catholic friends who adore rich heritage relic, it might consume over a week. Not only does it offers several exhibition halls, an underground grave, there are also a few prayer areas. Visitors were very patient with neither loud noises nor using camera flashes. Whether or not you are a Christian, it is not difficult sense a piece of excellent silence for a few hours.

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