The Basilica Papale Di San Pietro is a famous basilic known as a place of pilgrimage and for its liturgical functions. We were so excited to discover Vatican City and to attend the Christmas mass which would be celebrated by the Pope Francis. We took the subway to Ottaviano station very early in the morning. A big crowd had already queued along the Vatican City wall towards the popular “piazza San Pietro” when we arrived around 8 am.
In fact a private mass for a few hundred people were held the Wednesday before Christmas day but you would have needed to book online to attend it, the same goes for visiting the famous Sistine chapel. We didn’t have the chance to make it. The big place of “Piazza di san Pietro” was full of people from different countries . The Christmas mass, celebrated from the Basilica’s window by Pope Francis lasted around one hour and few minutes. This time, the pope didn’t do the Urbi and Orbi . We learnt that it will be done during the Easter mass only.
The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican (Italian: Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano), or simply Saint Peter’s Basilica (Latin: Basilica Sancti Petri), is located in Vatican City, the papal enclave which is within the city of Rome). Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter’s is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world.
(source – Wikipedia)
Because of its historically and architecturally structures, St. Peter’s Basilica was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. It is the most prominent building in the Vatican City with its dominant dome. It was a great experience to learn more about Basilica Papale di San Pietro. And we really enjoyed this festive atmosphere on Christmas day at Rome. “Buena Natale “. Tomorrow, we were planning to visit the incredible Colosseo.
Thanks for visiting. See you for the next post about our Rome tour.
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