What You See Inside St Peter Basilica in the Vatican

What you see inside St Peter Basilica in the Vatican will be with you for a long time, if not, forever. As someone who grew up Catholic, it’s kinda a big deal for me to be inside a colossal place of worship. No, I didn’t meet the living Pope but I saw the tombs of the dead Popes. 🙂

The Domes of St. Peter’s Basilica

Michelangelo designed the massive dome soaring majestically towards the sky. It seems like a gigantic tiara, hanging over the tomb of St. Peter. Probably the largest dome built with that height. The immense structure seems to be hanging from the sky, by some unseen force, almost weightless. Although its lines are simple, the overall effect is overpowering. This single structure exemplifies the genius of Michelangelo.

The Dome / Inside St Peter Basilica in the Vatican (Rome, Italy).
The Dome / Inside St Peter Basilica in the Vatican (Rome, Italy).

Do This. Climb the dome of the basilica and the reward will be the amazing views of the City of Vatican. Hopefully, the weather would be nice for you. 😀

Inside St Peter Basilica in the Vatican

The moment you enter the basilica – the glorious ceiling and the colored marble floors will awe you. The figures of the saints who founded various religious orders are embedded between the pillars. The dome is decorated in mosaics in colors of blue, gold, and red. The magnificence of 96 figures embedded in the mosaic is inspiring. The tomb of St. Peter, designed by Bernini, is directly under the dome.

The Tomb of St Peter / Inside St Peter Basilica in the Vatican (Rome, Italy).
The Tomb of St Peter / Inside St Peter Basilica in the Vatican (Rome, Italy).

The Tomb of St. Peter is the centerpiece and holiest place in the basilica. Peter is buried here, in a simple tomb but over it, the grand basilica is built. Day and night, 99 oil lamps burn along the two semi-circular ramps.

5 Facts About Michelangelo's Pieta (St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy).
5 Facts About Michelangelo’s Pieta (St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Italy).

Do not miss “The Pieta” by Michelangelo. This sculpture is remarkable in its splendor and its exquisiteness. There is a deep religious aura to it.  Michelangelo carved it when he was very young, and his signature appears on it. The beauty of its lines and expression leaves everyone speechless with an impression that would last for a long time.

Interesting Facts About St. Peter’s Basilica

Inside St Peter Basilica in the Vatican (Rome, Italy).
Inside St Peter Basilica in the Vatican (Rome, Italy).

The imposing church you see today isn’t the original basilica of St. Peter. It’s actually number two!

Inside St Peter Basilica in the Vatican (Rome, Italy).
Things to do and see in the Vatican (Italy).

The original church was built in the 4th century and was torn down. The “new” basilica, built from 1506 to 1626, is a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture.

Inside St Peter Basilica in the Vatican (Rome, Italy).
Inside St Peter Basilica in the Vatican (Rome, Italy).

Do you know that can climb to the top of the basilica’s cathedral? You should do it because the views up there are breathtaking. And oh, once you’re there, you’ll be closer to heaven, too! 😀

Things to do and see in the Vatican (Italy).
Things to do and see in the Vatican (Italy).

The paintings that appear to be hanging inside the basilica are not actually paintings. These are intricately-made frescoes of small glass pieces.

Things to do and see in the Vatican (Italy).
Inside St Peter Basilica in the Vatican (Rome, Italy).

In 1972, a deranged man damaged Michelangelo’s ‘The Pietà’ with a hammer. He broke off Mary’s nose and decapitated her arm. The sculpture was then restored and reinstalled in St. Peter’s, but now it is placed in a bulletproof glass enclosure.

Things to do and see in the Vatican (Italy).
Things to do and see in the Vatican (Italy).

St Peter’s Basilica has over more than one hundred tombs located in it. Ninety-one are the tombs of popes.

Things to do and see in the Vatican (Italy).
Inside St Peter Basilica in the Vatican (Rome, Italy).

Other famous persons buried here include the Queen of Sweden, Queen Christina who converted to Catholicism.

Things to do and see in the Vatican (Italy).
Things to do and see in the Vatican (Italy).
Inside St Peter Basilica in the Vatican (Rome, Italy).
Inside St Peter Basilica in the Vatican (Rome, Italy).

How to SAVE in Rome

Rome and the Vatican are packed with places to see and history to marvel at. If you’re going to stay there for a few days only, it’s very impossible to squeeze everything you want to see. So, it is wise to do the Hop-on and Hop-Off Bus Pass for 24, 48, and 72 hours! This will save you time and you’ll see the places you’ve been dying to visit and have known of from the pages of history books.

Inside St Peter Basilica in the Vatican (Rome, Italy).
Inside St Peter Basilica in the Vatican (Rome, Italy).
Things to do and see in the Vatican (Italy).
Things to do and see in the Vatican (Italy).
Inside St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican (Rome, Italy).
Inside St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican (Rome, Italy).
Things to do and see in the Vatican (Italy).
Things to do and see in the Vatican (Italy).
Inside St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican (Rome, Italy).
Inside St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican (Rome, Italy).

Discover More – Join a Tour in Rome

Rome is a very historic city and one of the ancient civilizations. There’s so much to take in, learn and marvel at. So, to maximize your time without hassles, I’d recommend that you join a tour. Not all tours are expensive, some are affordable. Click the links below and see what you can afford.

Inside St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican (Rome, Italy).
Things to do and see in the Vatican (Italy).
Inside St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican (Rome, Italy).
Inside St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican (Rome, Italy).

Where to Stay in Rome – Hostel in Rome

Hostel Alessandro Palace and Bar is your best bet in Rome. This hostel exceeded my expectations. The spacious rooms are secured with magnetic key cards and equipped with safe lockers for your valuables. You have to bring your own lock though. If you forgot to bring one, you can always buy one in their vending machine downstairs. They also have a bar that serves your alcohol needs. The staff are friendly and speaks English, too. The area has a lot of cafes, restaurants, and grocery shops. The Roman Colosseum is 30 minutes and the Trevi Fountain is 20 minutes walk from here. But, most of all, it’s less than 5 minutes walk to the Rome Central Station. Trains to the airport and to other parts of Italy start and end at this station. You can book your accommodations in Rome through HostelWorld and Booking.com.

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A wanderer. A frustrated photographer. Hiker. Lover. Half extrovert, half introvert. Solo traveler.

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