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Beneath the main floor of St. Peter's Basilica are the tombs of several...

Beneath the main floor of St. Peter's Basilica are the tombs of several popes and saints.

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Preconceptions that this would be dark and claustrophobic where quickly dispelled once in the Grotto with many tombs to Popes through the ages, fascinating to look at the history... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Wash DC
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unimpressed and uninterested in the resting place of past popes. Not sure as to the order, how many, or significance. Interesting to read the placards about the various popes, but unless you have a desire to see every place I'd use my time elsewhere such as the treasury. I've heard incredible reviews about the special crypt tour that takes you... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Preconceptions that this would be dark and claustrophobic where quickly dispelled once in the Grotto with many tombs to Popes through the ages, fascinating to look at the history available

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Morden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was great to go downstairs and see where many popes were laid to rest - Im pretty sure this area was out of bounds to the public last time I visited. A word of warning - visit when you've looked round the whole of St Peters as at the end you find yourself back outside again !

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

When you visit St. Peter's, this is a must see. Seeing the tombs of the Popes, and especially St. Peter's, makes the experience very palpable. All of the sudden, the history of the church becomes real when everything you read about in Catholic school is right in front of you. It is a humbling experience to walk among the leaders... More 

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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

We loved seeing this part. Super interesting to see where the popes are laid to rest. We are not religious and we still enjoyed it. They have rules of no touching and no pictures.

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Reviewed 13 January 2017

A very interesting excursion to this area. The final resting place of many popes over the centuries. It is a very peaceful and serene walk past the remains of the popes who presided over the catholic church. Beautiful carved tombs. A chance to visit the altar of St. Peter and to exit this area via the stairs that end up... More 

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Reviewed 29 December 2016

servants of the catholic church lay there . It is a solemn and revered place. People need to respect that..

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

This is an amazing display of ancient tombs .So beautiful and quiet here , We spent a lot of time looking at as of this as we could. Amazing sculptures .

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Reviewed 19 December 2016

Truly remarkable place. Lots of interesting stuff, and graves. Unfortunately you are not allowed to take pictures

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Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Interesting place to visit whilst visiting the basilica. The entrance is inside the Basilica blink and you will miss it.

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