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Door of the great pardon

The panels of this holy door are very intricate (definitely worth a look) depicting scenes of mans... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nothing special

Main church of the Christian world has many better doors with better decorations, more art and open... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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 1 week ago

The panels of this holy door are very intricate (definitely worth a look) depicting scenes of mans sins, on the inside it is actually sealed, (covered up with mortar). The door is opened by the pope, next time being 2025 during the holy Jubilee.

Thank JnVSydney
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Main church of the Christian world has many better doors with better decorations, more art and open each day. Closed, sealed doors are just attraction for visitors when they open them for Anno santo – Holy year.

Thank Miha P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Holy Door is worth visiting if you are in the Vatican City. It has its own historical importance. A beautiful piece of architecture

Thank schroff
Reviewed 2 December 2017

one of the doors around the world that hard to see it open, every 25 years they open it, must be amazing

Thank Francis V
Reviewed 2 December 2017

Take a good look before you go into St Peters as inside it is covered over. As with everything about the Vatican it is of the highest workmanship and really beautiful.

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 30 November 2017

I am waiting for the next opening...we missed the last Holy Jubilee. The next time we will attend and walk through those doors. On this visit we were able to just see the doors.

Thank lollygal
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Holy gate which opens once in 25 years if I can recollect correctly.. beautifully crafted on bronze with gold all over it...

Thank Umang A
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Door is sealed and opened every 25 years on Jubilee. Tradition dates back to 1460. Provided faithful with opportunity for pilgrimage. Walk through door and receive Catholic "plenary Indulgence " Door is northern most door in Basilica.

Thank Serviceprof
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

Porta Santa was closed on arrival ! Recommendation is to check times prior to your trip as if you have queued to specifically see this attraction you may well be disappointed! The outside of Porta Santa is rather decorative and nice to see !

Thank Wildrovertyg
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

The carvings all depict religious stories, but the gold is just beautiful. Part of the guided tour I went on. You can't open this door, or walk through it! Only the Pope does.

Thank Rowena P
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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