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Live Google Maps Street View of The Vatican, Saint Peter's Square, Rome
Live Google Maps Street View of The Vatican, Saint Peter's Square, Rome

Check out this great Live Google Maps Street View Cam overlooking The Vatican and St. Peter\'s Square in Rome, Italy. Now you can take this incredible historical tour of The Vatican thanks to this Live Google Street View Cam

Saint Peter\'s Square is located directly in front of St. Peter\'s Basilica in the Vatican City, the papal enclave within Rome.

The open space which lies before the basilica was redesigned by Gian Lorenzo Bernini from 1656 to 1667, under the direction of Pope Alexander VII, as an appropriate forecourt, designed "so that the greatest number of people could see the Pope give his blessing, either from the middle of the façade of the church or from a window in the Vatican Palace" (Norwich 1975 p 175). Bernini had been working on the interior of St. Peter\'s for decades; now he gave order to the space with his renowned colonnades, using the Tuscan form of Doric, the simplest order in the classical vocabulary, not to compete with the palace-like façade by Carlo Maderno, but he employed it on an unprecedented colossal scale to suit the space and evoke emotions awe.


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