Photographer's Note

St. Peter's Basilica is home to the 'largest dome in the world'. According to Wikipedia, it is neither the official mother church of the Roman Catholic Church nor the cathedral of the Pope as Bishop of Rome, Saint Peter's is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites.

In Roman Catholic tradition, the basilica is the burial site of its namesake, Saint Peter.


If you are going to be visiting Rome, PLEASE book the tour of the scavi - it is absolutely amazing! You have a chance to visit a necropolis, with original frescos/paint/mosaics/architecture - all right underneath the Basilica! You also learn about the history of the Basilica/why there's a treasure trove of history underneath, and have a rare and unique chance to see St. Peter's tomb!

I am honestly not religious in the least, but greatly appreciate the historical significance of this site - it was the highlight of my entire Europe trip! At one point, you can see the altarpiece through the grate in the ceiling, and also get to visit the grotto (home to many pope's tombs).

The bookings are small, so book in advance! Like, 4-6 months in advance! It is inexpensive, but no one seems to know about it - you will not regret the visit! Just google Vatican Necropolis and you should find the Vatican's booking site.

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  • Copyright: Kaitlyn Montgomery (blueskies) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 20] (85)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-08-13
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/4 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-09-27 10:16
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