St. Peter’s Square is a large plaza located directly in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City, at the feet of St. Peter’s Basilica. The Vatican, which is amazingly enough a legitimate country (we spoke about that HERE), was one of our “half day” countries. This was the term that we gave to countries where we merely stopped for a day, or even half a day. Leichtenstein, San Marino, Luxembourg, and The Vatican were our half-day countries. We only saw a little, but there really wasn’t a whole lot to see so we chose not to do overnight stays in these microstates.
After a couple of hours in the Vatican Museums, and then a crowded viewing of the Sistine Chapel, we were relieved to walk out into the massive space that makes up St. Peter’s Square. All of that time inside, in dimly-lit rooms, meant that our eyes took quite a few minutes to adjust to the bright skies. But nevertheless, it felt good to be outside again!
What to see in St. Peter’s Square
The most impressive part of the square, besides its size, are its 284 columns and 88 pilasters that flank the square in a colonnade of four rows. Above the columns there are 140 statues of saints created in 1670 by the disciples of Bernini. In the centre of the square the obelisk and the two fountains, one of Berni ni (1675) and another of Maderno (1614) stand out. The obelisk, which is 25 meters in height, was carried to Rome from Egypt in 1586.
Thanks to, Wikimedia, here is an aerial view of St. Peter’s Square: