Inside St. Peter’s Basilica

Rome, Italy! One of my dream travel destinations. My family and I went for a short 5 days 4 nights vacation last 2012 and even though it was a few years ago, I’d still love to share my experience and show you the beauty that is Rome.

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Luckily, the holiday house that we were staying at is right next St. Peter’s Square so on our first day in Rome, we decided to explore around the area first.

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Walking through these pillars for the first Ā time and seeing the place that I always see in movies, on the news, in photos! Just wowwwww. St. Peter’s Square is so much more beautiful in person.

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Above the pillars or what they call the monumental colonnade are the statues of 140 saints by Bernini.

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ST. PETER’S BASILICA!!!

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This photo was taken early morning and as you see the line is looooong. But don’t worry, the line is always moving and from what I can remember we didn’t wait that long to get it.

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Rules for entering. Try to avoid wearing shorts as they will not let you inside, it is church so remember to stay respectful šŸ˜‰

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Front entrance to the Basilica! It was such a beautiful day too.

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Entering for the first time! Ahhh the ceiling!

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We lined up to go to the Cupola first before looking around inside the Church, there we’re also a lot of people but worth the wait.

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So beautifully built both inside and outside!

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When visiting the Cupola you have two options, you can either choose to climb the stairs all the way to the top with fee of 5 euros or take the elevator for 7 euros. We chose the elevator, but be mindful though that even if you take the elevator, there are still 320 steps for you to climb before you reach the top!

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One of the many public drinking fountains in Rome. Don’t worry it’s perfect safe to drink from here, so fill up your bottles before you climb.

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The closer you get, the small the pathways become! I loved it! It felt like we’re going through a secret passage way. Maybe if I have the time and patience I’ll try to make a short video.

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Admiring the beautiful ceiling of the Cupola

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Amazing mosiac pieces surrounding the top of the dome

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Ahhhhh, and we made it! ROME, YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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Amazing view!

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Inside St. Peter’s Basilica

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Dream come true for me!

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Around theĀ base of the dome it reads, “TV ES PETRVS ET SVPER HANC PETRAM AEDIFICABO ECCLESIAM MEAM. TIBI DABO CLAVES REGNI CAELORVM” fromĀ Matthew 16:18-19Ā “And I tell you that you are Peter,Ā and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of HadesĀ will not overcome it.Ā I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will beĀ bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will beĀ loosed in heaven.ā€

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Entrance to St. Peter’s Tomb

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Organs!!! Don’t see many of these around nowadays.

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This is the statue of St. Peter. You can often see visitors touching or kissing his feet.

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Amazing! Wonderful! Amazing! Stunning! I’m running out of adjectives to describe this place and I probably used amazing and beautiful way too much for one post, but I just to emphasize it. Hehehe! St. Peter’s Basilica is nothing short of beautiful and if you’re ever in Rome, do check this place off your list!

xo

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