The construction of St. Peter’s Basilica took over a century in the making.The planning of the Basilica started when Pope Julius II commissioned a competition to design the grandest building in Christendom. The winner of the competition was Donato Bramante, and the foundation stone was laid in 1506. A series of deaths and personnel changes led to the change of architects from Bramante to Raphael to eventually Michelangelo in 1547.
The St. Peter's Basilica dome and the architecture are accredited to the brilliance of Michelangelo who based it on the designs of Bramante. The Basilica is built in the traditional Renaissance architecture and has been an inspiration for church buildings across the world. The iconic facade was designed by Maderno and remains an unforgettable memory in millions of pilgrims who visit it each year to see the Pope.
No visits on vatican festivities.
Duration: approx 1 hour
Available languages: Italian, English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, Polish, Korean
Important: We inform you that, if you do not have an adequate device, multilingual audio guides are available at the Vox desk located in front of the Holy Door. The use of these devices incurs an additional cost and cannot be booked.