Bernini delivered exactly what Alexander VII wanted – a massive square to dwarf imagination. The 240 meters wide and 196 meters long architectural wonder can fit in 400,000 people and took eleven years to complete. The semi-circular colonnades represent the church’s endeavour to embrace the world.
At the centre, an ancient Egyptian obelisk rises to the sky – it was witness to the crucifixion of St. Peter. Marble plates to its sides are the foci of this ellipse – standing on them and looking at the colonnades reveals a cool illusion.
There are two beautiful fountains to the sides of the obelisk (though they look they same, one was done by Carlo Fontana, and the other by Bernini). The people watching here is fantastic, especially when everyone is gathered to watch the Pope speak.
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St Peter's Square Travel Tips
- The crowds can get overwhelming at times.
How to Reach St Peter's Square
- Metro Line A Stop Cipro/Ottaviano
- Buses: 49, 490, 491, 23, 492, N11, N10
- Tram Number: 19
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95% of people who visit Vatican City include St Peter's Square in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
76.26% of people start their St Peter's Square visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see St Peter's Square
68.84% of people prefer walking in order to reach St Peter's Square