St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City - Night Blessing

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City - Night Blessing
Designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini this elliptic shaped plaza was commissioned by Pope Alexander VII in 1656  . Berini was tasked with building a square that would enable huge crowds to see the Pope and receive his blessing. The square can contain more than 350,000 people during occasions such as Easter Mass and the Papal Conclave, when a new pope is elected. The square has a special allure at night when it is lit up and can be seen in all its glory.

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