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Tomb of St Peter
Excavations beneath St Peter's Basilica have uncovered part of the original church and a necropolis with what archaeologists believe is the Tomb of St Peter. Here, in 1942, the bones of an elderly, strongly built man were found in a box hidden behind a wall covered by pilgrims' graffiti. Visits are by guided tour only; to book, email the Ufficio Scavi ( as far in advance as possible.
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