A Photo Gallery of Saint Peter’s Square

Saint Peter’s Square (Italiano:  Piazza San Pietro) is one of the most visited squares in all of Europe.  Pope Alexander VII wanted to redesign the square and directed Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the late 17th century (1656 to 167) to implement his plan.1  The new design was created so that as many people as possible could see the Pope give his blessing.2  The square has two massive four column deep arches that represent the embrace of the “the maternal arms of Mother Church.”3

In the center of the square you will see the large Egyptian obelisk.  The obelisk is red granite and it was originally created and erected at Heliopolis, Egypt.  The Emperor Agustus (c 63 BC – 14 AD) had the obelisk shipped to the Julian Forum.  Later, Emperor Caligula had the Forum demolished and the obelisk was shipped to Rome.4  In 1586, Pope Sixtus V ordered Domenico Fontan to erect the obelisk in front of Saint Peter’s Basilica, where is currently stands today.

I have always enjoyed visiting Saint Peter’s Square.  I have an immense appreciation for the archetecture and the passion that went behind the squares construction.  I’ve never been in the square during a blessing, but I am sure it is something special to experience.

I hope you enjoy the photo gallery below.  🙂

Saint Peter's Square from Saint Peter's Basilica.  Photograph taken in 2009.

Saint Peter’s Square from Saint Peter’s Basilica.

Saint Peter's Basilica in the background.

Saint Peter’s Basilica in the background.

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I hope you enjoyed the photographs.  I look forward to reading your comments below.

Enjoy!

Sources taken from http://www.vatincanstate.va and wikipedia.

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One Comment on “A Photo Gallery of Saint Peter’s Square

  1. Pingback: Photo Gallery of Piazza del Popolo | History Hiker

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