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The vast basilica lies on the site where it is traditionally believed St Peter was put to death in the 1st Century AD. The dome was designed by Michelangelo. The current basilica was mostly built between the 16th and 17th Centuries. Past popes are buried in the church as well as below it.


front view of St Peter's St Peterís is the world centre of the Catholic faith

Visitor in crypt of St Peterís Basilica view tomb of a previous pope The crypt will be John Paul IIís final resting place


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