Bernini, in charge of reconstructing the facade and decorating the interior, was commissioned to design the Square, the last part added to the Basilica.
Today, the square is still a work of art itself. Bernini’s resolution was an ellipse, wide enough to contain pilgrims that would come here from all over the world to receive the Pope’s blessing, and picturesque enough to cover the irregular buildings surrounding the area.
The spectacular colonnade is an imaginary embrace that welcomes you to the Catholic faith. The Egyptian millenarian obelisk is probably the oldest piece in the Vatican, and the two renaissance fountains reinforce the elegant geometry.