St Peter's Square


May 22, 2022

St. Peter's Square (Italian: Piazza San Pietro) is a square located directly in front of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, a Papal enclave within the city of Rome, Italy. The open space in front of the basilica was redesigned by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, from 1656 to 1667, under the direction of Pope Alexander VII, "to accommodate the greatest number of people who came to see the Pope give his grace, both from the center of the church facade and from windows in the Vatican Palace" (Norwich 1975, p. 175).

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Norwich, John Julius, ed. 1975 Great Architecture of the World ISBN 0-394-49887-9