St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica Sancti Petri, Basilica di San Pietro) is the most famous and biggest building Vatican. It is one of the largest Christian churches in the world. Construction of currently existing cathedral started April 18, 1506 and was completed on November 18, 1626. It was constructed on the site of the old church. Old St. Peter's Basilica was the 4th-century church begun by the Emperor Constantine the Great between 319 and 333 AD. Contrary to popular belief, this is not the cathedral, as Chair of the Bishop of Rome is located in the Cathedral of St. John in Lateran Hill (Archibasilica Sanctissimi Salvatoris). Front of the cathedral is on the famous St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro).
There is a viewing platform for tourists at the top, near the dome of the cathedral. Viewing deck offers a beautiful view of the Vatican, the Vatican Gardens, St. Peter's Square.
The photo shows the main facade of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The photo was taken from St. Peter's Square. There is also photo of the Cathedral interior decoration on this page.
The photo was taken during a tourist trip to Italy in February 2013.
You can see St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican location on the map.
The nearest metro station to St. Peter's Square is “Ottaviano”.
You can purchase admission tickets to Vatican museum online.