"Basilica of St Peter's - Dome" St. Peter's Basilica Tip by Willettsworld

St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City: 162 reviews and 371 photos


The dome of St Peter's is 136.5m (448ft) high. Designed by Michelangelo, the dome was started in 1546 but was not completed in his lifetime. It was, however, finished by Giacomo della Porta and Domenico Fontana in 1589-1593. It was originally intended to be decorated with mosaics for the 1600 Jubilee, but it could not be finished in time and plans were altered. The mosaics were designed by Cavaliere d'Arpino.

Written at the bottom of the dome are written the words Christ spoke to Peter: TU ES PETRUS ET SUPER HANC PETRAM AEDIFICABO ECCLESIAM MEAM ET TIBI DABO CLAVES REGNI CAELORUM.

Phone: +39 06 6988 3731
Website: http://www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/san_pietro/index_it.htm

Was this review helpful?

  • Written Jul 31, 2005
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“"Don't listen to what they say. Go see." ~ Chinese proverb”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 0 5 2

Have you been to Vatican City?

  Share Your Travels