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Duration: 2.5 Hours
Avoid the lines and lose yourself in the majesty of among the world’s grandest churches, then head underground for a trip of its cavernous burial chambers.
This is where the remains of Saint Peter himself are buried. In the basilica correct you’ll see priceless work of arts by Michelangelo, Bernini and Raphael, and delight in fantastic views of St Peter’s Square and more.
This guided tour takes you 10m below St. Peter’s Basilica, the home church of the pope, and into the heart of the sacred necropolis.
This ancient Roman burial site holds graves dating back to the first century! As you peer around its corners, you’ll learn everything about early Christianity and get to see the final resting location of ‘the rock’ Saint Peter himself.
When you return to the land of the living, you can enjoy the remainder of the basilica at your own rate. St. Peter’s Basilica is filled with priceless creative masterpieces and jaw-dropping Baroque architectural adornments.
And, the dome, created by Michelangelo, fills the church with light and an appropriately reverent environment.
You might quickly invest an entire day indulging in the splendor of this monument!
- Timed entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica,
- Skip-the-line entryway to the Vatican Necropolis,
- English live guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica with an official Vatican guide,
- English live guided trip of the Necropolis with an official Vatican guide,
- Access to the Cupola of the Basilica.
Cancellations and changes are not possible for this ticket.
The largest church in the world, it rises on the site where the Prince of the Apostles, Saint Peter, is buried. In ancient times, many early Christians suffered martyrdom here.
Today, it is a Pantheon of Christianity, rich in statues and monuments to the Popes. According to Church tradition, the early Christians erected a small oratory on the site of Saint Peter’s Tomb, which was destroyed in 326 when Constantine founded the first Basilica here. It had double aisles. Over the centuries, the church became lavishly decorated.
In 1452 because ruin threatened the building, Nicholas V commissioned Bernardo Rossellino to design a new structure, of more extensive proportions. When the Pope died, in 1455, the work was interrupted. In 1506, Pope Julius II resumed the work on a grand scale. Bramante, under this pope, designed the building in the form of a Greek cross.
Bramante did not live to complete the project, and his successors were Raphael, Baldassarre Peruzzi, and finally, Antonio da Sangallo the Younger. Raphael’s plan was a Latin cross, but he, too, did not live to complete the work. The project was taken over, In 1546, by Michelangelo, who adopted tho design of ;» Crook cross with a majestic dome Upon his death, Vignola, Pirro Ligorio, Giacomo della Porta, and Domenico Fontana continued the work Subsequently, under Paul V, the plan was changed from a Crook to a latin Cross, by Carlo Maderno, who also designed the facade. The Basilica was dedicated by Urbano VIII, on Nov 18, 1626.
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