St. Peter's Basilica

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St. Peter's Basilica

This beautiful church is renowned across the world as the home of Catholicism and as an artistic masterpiece.

Famous for its towering dome, St. Peter’s Basilica is the icon of the Vatican state as well as a vaunted artistic symbol of the Late Renaissance and Baroque periods.

It is said that the site on which the basilica stands was the spot where Peter from Galilee, one of Jesus’s 12 disciples, was killed on the orders of Emperor Nero when he trekked to Rome after the crucifixion of Christ. He is said to have died close by the still-standing Egyptian obelisk, at a spot that was marked by worshippers by a red rock, until a shrine was placed there, and then finally the original St. Peter’s Basilica was built in 360 AD.

This structure was made of wood, and survived for over 1000 years until the 15th century when it fell into disrepair. In 1506, it was Pope Julius II who oversaw the construction of a new basilica, before legendary Renaissance masters joined the project over the course of a century to design and create the impressive monument which remains today, finally opening the new basilica in November 1626.

Now it is a major attraction for Catholics the world over, as well as for art and architecture lovers who come to marvel at its stunning exterior, to which Bramante, Raphael and Michelangelo all contributed.

The interiors, however, are what truly inspire awe. You’ll discover Bernini and Giotto frescoes and mosaics, alongside Michelangelo’s Pietà, Arnolfo di Cambio’s Saint Peter sculptures, Vico Consorti’s Holy Door, and Bernini’s stunning altar. You’ll also see tombs of famous Vatican legends, from St. Peter through to Pope John Paul II.

Top 10 Hotels Near St. Peter's Basilica

UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
4 out of 5
Via Giovanni Amendola, 57, Rome, RM, 185
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$265 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Rome. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the bar and the clean rooms in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (964 reviews)
"Very close to Termini station, less than 5 minutes walk. Love my room in the fifth floor. 20 minutes walk to the Parthenon. Highly recommend. Very courteous and efficient staff."

Reviewed on 13 May,2022

UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
Starhotels Michelangelo
Starhotels Michelangelo
4 out of 5
Via Della Stazione Di San Pietro 14, Rome, RM, 165
The price is S$302 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Rome. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (983 reviews)
"Very accessible to everything"

Reviewed on 15 May,2022

Starhotels Michelangelo
NH Collection Roma Giustiniano
NH Collection Roma Giustiniano
4 out of 5
Via Virgilio 1 E/F/G, Rome, RM, 00193
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The price is S$402 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Rome. Enjoy free WiFi, a restaurant and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (983 reviews)
"Hotel restaurant could open earlier than 7:00 am"

Reviewed on 26 Apr,2022

NH Collection Roma Giustiniano
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Grand Hotel Olympic
Grand Hotel Olympic
4 out of 5
Via Properzio 2/a, Rome, RM, 193
The price is S$143 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Grand Hotel Olympic
Starhotels Michelangelo
Starhotels Michelangelo
4 out of 5
Via Della Stazione Di San Pietro 14, Rome, RM, 165
The price is S$302 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Starhotels Michelangelo
UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
4 out of 5
Via Giovanni Amendola, 57, Rome, RM, 185
The price is S$265 per night from 29 May to 30 May
UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
NH Collection Roma Giustiniano
NH Collection Roma Giustiniano
4 out of 5
Via Virgilio 1 E/F/G, Rome, RM, 00193
The price is S$402 per night from 29 May to 30 May
NH Collection Roma Giustiniano
Best Western Plus Hotel Universo
Best Western Plus Hotel Universo
4 out of 5
Via Principe Amedeo 5/B, Rome, RM, 185
The price is S$278 per night from 1 Jun to 2 Jun
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iQ Hotel Roma
iQ Hotel Roma
4 out of 5
Via Firenze, 8, Rome, RM, 184
The price is S$204 per night from 7 Jun to 8 Jun
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Best Western Plus Hotel Spring House
Best Western Plus Hotel Spring House
4 out of 5
Via Mocenigo 7, Rome, RM, 00192
The price is S$280 per night from 29 May to 30 May
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Residenza Paolo VI
Residenza Paolo VI
Via Paolo VI, 29, Rome, RM, 193
The price is S$267 per night from 14 Jun to 15 Jun
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Mama Shelter Roma
Mama Shelter Roma
4 out of 5
Via Luigi Rizzo 20, Rome, 136
The price is S$267 per night from 12 Jun to 13 Jun
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