St. Peter's Dome

What may be one of the most recognizable features of Italy doesn't technically stand on Italian soil. Saint Peter's Dome belongs to the Bramante-designed Saint Peter's Basilica in the city-nation of the Vatican. Dubbed as the highest dome building in the world as well as the grandest building in Christendom, the basilica’s dome is not only an iconic piece of architecture but also a symbol for Catholics around the world. The dome was designed by Michelangelo, who worked on the construction of the basilica beginning in 1547. The great dome soars above the altar and the Baldacchino, sumptuously embellished with mosaic and stucco ornaments: a must visit for travelers visiting Saint Peter's Basilica.