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The Porta Santa, or Holy Door, was only opened by the Pope for Holy Year celebrations and closed at the end of 2000, and will remain sealed until 2025.
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Apparently the door is only opened very occasionally but beautifully decorated. Easy to say it’s just a door but well worth making sure you include on a trip to St Peters.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MalcH
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the last stop on our guided tour of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's - after showing us the door and explaining its significance, our tour guide left us to gaze out on the square, then we could continue touring or call it...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank travelmakesUrich
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

For me , it was just another door.It sure had some nice artwork on it (and it takes just a moment to be looked at when visiting the Vatican) , but without its deep religious meaning it doesnt seem all that impressive.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kostasantono
Reviewed 9 December 2018

Our tour guide pointed the story behind the beautiful door to us. It is a holy door which has various biblical stories of the life of Jesus and is shut closed, except it is opened every 25 years by the Pope. It is a door...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TripPhotographer52
Reviewed 28 November 2018

This Holy Door is a work of art and has stories from the Bible sculptured on it. It is normally shut and sealed. A must see when visiting St. Peter's Basilica.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank nellielim
Reviewed 18 November 2018

This door is normally shut and sealed, except during Jubilee years, when it is opened for the pilgrims to enter and gain indulgence. Worth visiting to look at the 16 gilded relief’s that adorn the door.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank SoCalOregonian
Reviewed 2 November 2018

Another of the many works of art at St. Peter's. Sculpted from looks like brass with many different bible stories. Truly beautiful!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank steve f
Reviewed 31 October 2018

the central door to saint peter's basilica through which the pope enters has a few stories from Bible sculpted on it and is the first noticeable thing as you enter the basilica.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dishaa S
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

The holy door is something you can see when visiting the Vatican and St Peters Basilica. It’s a door. It doesn’t cost anything to see it buts worth a look. Obviously it’s spiritual to Catholics so appreciate the significance.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank hayles78
Reviewed 14 October 2018

to see this special to door was an experience, as it has so much meaning in the world and what is going on today. it is very symbolic and is a sight that should not be missed. so glad i got to see it up...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Justyna F
14 September 2017|
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Response from caramia09 | Reviewed this property |
I would agree with Neil, don't use a tour guide. We did Rome in 5 days and saw everything. The local tourist map is more than enough to get you around but I would suggest you make a plan of what you want to see because... More
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