St. Peter’s Basilica · History and description of St. Peter’s

St. Peter's Basilica history description

St. Peter’s Basilica was built over the tomb of St. Peter the Apostle. The first basilica, built by Emperor Constantine and inaugurated in 333, lasted around 1,200 years. The new St. Peter’s Basilica was inaugurated in 1626 by Pope Urban VIII.

Read about the origins of St. Peter’s Basilica, why it doesn’t have a steeple, and other secrets to its construction and to St. Peter’s Square.

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