Exploring Saint Peter’s Basilica

A few weeks ago, our group of Education Majors took on Saint Peter’s Basilica and not only toured it, but had the opportunity to explore the underground excavation of Saint Peter. We started by touring the ruins on many different graves and burials underground the Basilica. Soon after entering the excavation, we were introduced to the place where they believe Saint Peters’ body was originally buried. Through a small crevice in the wall, a light shone to his burial spot. As we moved closer, we came to the graffiti wall, which was where they placed his body after it was moved. The bones of Saint Peter were physically there, in the wall, right in front of us. This was an amazing experience for all of us, being in the presence of the bones of a true Saint, one who was so close to Jesus throughout his entire life. It was extremely moving to be able to experience that! As we moved on from the tour, we only saw incredible things. We walked through the room where all the bodies of the past popes were kept. Each one had their own tomb. Being in the presence of such holy people was extremely overwhelming, yet comforting at the same time. As we concluded, we got an incredible tour of the entire Basilica. Everything that we saw was just incredibly breathtaking, and I know that we will all always remember it. What an incredible experience it was to have this opportunity!

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