St. Peter’s Basilica Tourist Attraction
St. Peter’s Basilica (official name in Italian is Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano) is a Late Renaissance church located on Vatican Hill, across the Tiber river from the historic centre of Rome. The church is one of the largest churches in the world. It is regarded as the centre of Christianity and attracts a great number of visitors. The location of the church is symbolic as the basilica is the burial site of Saint Peter, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and the first Bishop of Rome. The historical evidence holds that Saint Peter’s tomb is located right below the altar of the basilica. The construction of the present basilica, replacing the Old St. Peter’s Basilica of the 4th century, began in 1506 and lasted for more than 100 years. The structure was built and decorated by the greatest Italian architects including Donato Bramante, Michelangelo and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, which makes the building a great work of art. The Pope presides at a number of services throughout the year. Not only pilgrims, but also a lot of tourists come here every year. The entrance is free but make sure you are dressed properly while entering the church.