Rome and Saint Peter's - Night View

Rome and Saint Peter's - Night View

At night the city of Rome reveals itself in all its beauty and romance. The bridges around the Vatican are lit and it's worth while to go for a walk around the area. St. Peter's Basilica is one of the main features of Vatican City State, located within a walled enclave inside the City of Rome. Even if you have already visited the area by day it is recommended to go there also at night to see the impressive St. Peter's square at night. The square with its Obelisk, statues and fountains looks very different at night.

St. Peter's square is located directly in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. Designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the square was constructed between 1656 and 1667 under the commission of Pope Alexander VII. The Pope's aim was to enable as many people as possible to see the Pope when giving his blessings. The square has the capacity to accommodate around 400000 people during special occasions like the election of a new Pope Easter or the celebrations of Easter.

 Gian Lorenzo Bernini designed an elliptical shaped square, 240 meters wide and 196 meters long.  St. Peter's square has semi-circular colonnades on either side, which are said to symbolize the church’s stretched arms embracing the world. On the top of the colonIf you look near the stairs to the basilica at the front of the square, you will also find the statues of the patron saints of Rome, Saints Peter and Paul. nades There are 140 statues which depict popes, martyrs and other important figures. 

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