Full 360° panorama of the view from the front of St. Peter's Bascilica.
The Basilica of Saint Peter is officially known in Italian as the Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano and colloquially called Saint Peter's Basilica. It is the focal point of the
Work on the current façade of St.Peter’s began on February 10, 1608, taking until 1612 to complete. The ornamentation took another 2 years to install. The 1m high inscription that runs above the main columns states: "Paul V Borghese, Roman, Pontiff, in the year 1612, the seventh of his pontificate, [erected] in honour of the Prince of Apostles". The central balcony, the Loggia of the Blessings, is the site from which a new pope is announced, and from where the pope gives the Urbi et Orbi blessing. The façade of St. Peter’s is 118m wide and 48m tall.
The front of St. Peter’s is hugely impressive, people seem dwarfed by the façade. Along the top are 13 massive travertine statues of Christ, other gospel characters. These are, from left to right – Thaddeus, Matthew (gospel writer), Philip, Thomas, James, John the Baptist, Jesus Christ (central figure with a cross), Andrew, John the Evangelist (gospel writer), James the younger, Bartholomew, Simon and Matthias. Peter is represented in a relief under the Loggia of the Blessings with Christ.
Currently visitors to St. Peter’s Basilica ascend a series of steps from the far right of the façade having passed through security and walking past a huge 5.5m tall statue of
There is an enlargement of this picture of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica on Flickr. Panoramic Earth also has panoramas from St. Peter's Square and inside St. Peter's Basilica with more information.
A very good map of the area with further information is found on
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