BASILICA is the spiritual heart of the Catholic Church and lies
on the St. Peter's burial place. This basilica is grandeur
personified, with gigantic colonnades topped by a magnificent dome.
Make sure you climb to the top of the dome for magnificent views of
Most of the basilica dates from the 16th and early 17th Centuries,
when Giovanni Bernini and Donato di Angelo were the principal
architects and artists. The High Altar baldacchino is
one of Bernini's noted works. The actual dome of the basilica
was designed by Michelangelo.