Vatican posts Villanova virtual tour of St. Peter’s Basilica

VATICAN CITY — If you want to explore every nook and cranny of St. Peter’s Basilica but don’t want to fight the crowds, just click here on the Vatican website.

The Villanova team checks images they shot in January in St. Peter's Basilica. (CNS/Paul Haring)

The Villanova team checks images shot in January in St. Peter's Basilica. (CNS/Paul Haring)

A team of faculty and students from Pennsylvania’s Villanova University spent hours shooting hundreds of photos of the basilica and months digitally stitching them together so the Vatican could put a virtual tour of the world’s largest Christian church online.

The virtual tour of St. Peter’s is the fifth Villanova project released by the Vatican. You can also use your computer to tour the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls and the Sistine Chapel.

2 Responses

  1. “A team of faculty and students from Pennsylvania’s Villanova University spent hours shooting hundreds of photos of the basilica and months digitally stitching them together so the Vatican could put a virtual tour of the world’s largest Christian church online.”That one I have to tell my Facebook friends about!

  2. I had a long cherished desire to see the St Peters, Vatican and the Vatican Museum. Now that I have seen the Virtual Vatican, I am quite thrilled and satisfied, I would like to see the Vatican museum, the Vatican Library and the Vatican gardens also. I hope such a project is either available ( I am not aware) or in the process. I would be delighted to know, if it is completed or available. I thank every one who has done project and made it available to individuals like me who may never get a chance to visit the Holy City of St Peter’s Rome. Mille gratie George

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