Overview of the square with the faithful and the St. Peter’s Basilica during the Holy Mass closing the Jubilee of Mercy, Vatican, Rome, ITALY-21-11-2016.
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No wonder the lines to get inside St. Peter’s Basilica are some of the longest in Europe: It’s home to world-famous architecture (many consider the dome atop St. Peter’s Basilica to be Michelangelo’s greatest achievement), one of the best views of Rome, and, oh yeah, the pope. The best way to visit this legendary site is to stroll in just after its 7 a.m. opening, make your way up to the dome, and look outside: You’ll get the spectacular view practically to yourself. You can take a free English-language tour if you visit between October and May. And keep in mind, there’s a strict dress code.
On High At St. Peter's Cathedral
It’s only a wide angle lens that can capture the expanse and magnificence of St. Peter’s cathedral.
Climbing the Cupola at St. Peter's
Everyone who climbs up the cupola of St. Peter’s Basilica turns into a pilgrim, no matter his faith. The view of Rome and Vatican City when you reach the top is moving, as you can almost envision the history this part of the world is steeped in.
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