St. Peter's Basilica (Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican) is a Roman Catholic church situated in the Vatican City. It is the largest church in the world, it was designed by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini and was completed to a magnificent Renaissance style in 1626. The church is considered as one of the holiest Catholic sites in the world due to it being where St. Peter is buried. It is also the church where the Pope’s have carried out the majority of their services. The exterior and interior of the domed church are as equally grand, it is a building that is fitting of its stature in the world.
The church is situated in the Vatican City, which is surrounded by Rome. The 19 tram stops on the edge of the city, from the ‘Risorgimento’ stop, the church is a short walk away. The 23 and 492 buses also stop a short walk away.
Opening Times and Admission
In the summer months (April to September), the church is open to visitors 7am-7pm. In the winter months (October to March), the church is open to visitors 7am-6.30pm. Admission to the church is free, you can climb up to the viewing platform at the top of the church's dome for 6 euros.