It is one of the greatest monuments in the Christian faith, with approximately 450 statues, 500 columns and 50 altars. It is also one of the most visited monuments in the world. Every Sunday, more than 150,000 believers attend mass in the square at St. Peter's Basilica. The tomb of one of Jesus's 12 apostles lies at the centre of the Basilica. He is regarded as the first Bishop of Rome. The Renaissance style of the basilica was transformed over the years by different popes. Beginning in the 17th century, the Baroque style emerged in Italy. Colours and decorative features changed, becoming more extravagant. The façade of the basilica is 45 metres high by 115 metres wide. Its cupola ‒ the tallest in the world ‒ is 136 metres high.
To make the most of your visit to St. Peter's Basilica, we advise you to arrive early in the morning. You should also dress carefully: avoid shorts, short skirts and bare shoulders.