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The Piazza of St Peter's was built by Bernini for pope Alexander VII in 1656-67. It was conceived as a grand approach to the church but had to be planned so that the greatest number of people could see the Pope give his blessing, either from the middle of the façade of the church or from a window in the Vatican Palace. According to Bernini: "As they enter the piazza, the faithful are embraced by the motherly arms of the church".
Four rows of simple and majestic Doric columns, 300 all together, carved from Roman travertine form an oval 650 feet across the long axis marked by three monuments: laterally by fountains, and in the center by an Egyption obelisk that had served as a turning post in the chariot races at the ancient Circus of Nero.

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