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Piazza San Pietro is of huge proportions although it visually doen't look so because of semicircular wings around it central part. The square was redesigned by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, from 1656 to 1657, and under the direction of Pope Alexander VII. The idea was to make a forecourt designed so that great numberof people could see the Pope give his blessing. By trapezoidal shape of the square Bernini created a hightened perspective for a visitor leaving the basilica. On the other side, the colonnade forms the solemn entrance to St. Peter's and the Vatican. The two great open semicircular wings seem as if they were the outsteched arms of the church, receiving all of mankind in one universal embrace. The colonnade shows the height of Bernini's genius.
There are 140 statues of saints decorating the colonnades, all designed by Bernini but were sculpted with the help of his pupils.
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