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10 MANDATORY RULES FOR GUIDES AND GROUPS INSIDE THE PAPAL BASILICA OF ST. PETER

10 MANDATORY RULES FOR GUIDES AND GROUPS INSIDE THE PAPAL BASILICA OF ST. PETER

GUIDED VISIT ALLOWED WEEKDAYS FROM 9:30 AM UNTILL 4.30 PM SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAYS FROM 1.30 PM UNTILL 3.30 PM 

1.GUIDES MUST INFORM MEMBERS OF THE GROUP AT THRESHOLD OF THE BASILICA (IN THE ATRIUM) THAT THEY ARE ENTERING INTO A SACRED PLACE OF PRAYER.

2.ALL CELL PHONES MUST BE SWITCHED OFF DURING THE ENTIRE VISIT AND STAY INSIDE THE BASILICA. DURING THE VISIT MEMBERS OF THE GROUP MUST SILENTLY LISTEN TO THE EXPLANATIONS GIVEN BY THE GUIDE WHILE MAINTAINING A RESPECTFUL ATTITUDE. QUESTIONS OR DISCUSSION ON THE EXPLANATIONS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED ONLY AT THE END OF THE VISIT AND OUTSIDE THE BASILICA.

3.GUIDES MUST INFORM MEMBERS OF THE GROUP UPON ENTERING THAT IT IS SEVERELY FORBIDDEN TO DRINK OR EAT INSIDE THE BASILICA.

4.FOR REASON OF SECURITY AND ADEQUATE FLOW OF VISITORS GUIDES MUST ALWAYS AVOID STOPPING BESIDES OR AGAINST OTHER GROUPS.

5.IT IS SEVERELY FORBIDDEN TO STOP MORE THAN A FEW MINUTES IN FRONT OF THE FOLLOWING ARES: PIETA’ CHAPEL, TOMB OF BLESSED POPE JOHN PAUL II, TRANSFIGURATION CHAPEL, SOBIESKY MONUMENT TO FACILITATE THE FLOW OF VISITORS.

6.CLOTHING OF MEMBERS OF THE GROUP MUST REMAIN IN ACCORDANCE DURING THE ENTIRE COURSE OF THE VISIT IN THE CHURCH. PROHIBITED SLEEVELESS SHIRTS, SHORTS, SKIRTS, HATS.

7.IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN TO ENTER OR ENVIRONMENTS IN STRUCTURES USED BY FAITHFUL TO OBLIGATIONS SACRAMENTALS (confessional) OR PRAYER (CHAPEL OF SAINT JOSEPH CHAPEL CHOIR, THE CHAPEL OF THE SS. SACRAMENTO).

8.THE GUIDE SHOULD INFORM THE MEMBERS OF THE GROUP THAT IS FORBIDDEN TO LAY PHOTO TAKING POSITIONS OF THE BODY IRREVERENT OR ALTERING THE APPROPRIATE CLOTHING.

9.THE GUIDE SHOULD INFORM THE MEMBERS OF THE GROUP THAT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN TO SIT ON THE FLOOR, ON THE BASIS OF THE PILLARS OR KNEELERS ALONG THE NAVE OR IN THE AREA OF TRANSEPT. IS FORBIDDEN TO ENTER OR STAND IN FRONT OF OR IN ADDITION TO OR FENCED AREAS DEMARCATED FOR MAINTENANCE OR ORDINARY EXTRAORDINARY.

10.THE GUIDES SHOULD ALWAYS FOLLOW FOR THE ENTIRE DURATION OF VISIT TO THE INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED BY ANY AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL MONITORING IN CHURCH SERVICE WHETHER IN UNIFORM WITH THE BADGE OR BOURGEOIS FACTORY OF SAN PIETRO, INSPECTORS, cobbled streets and AUXILIARY AND HIGHER FACTORY OF SAINT PETER, THE POLICE THE VATICAN, THE ASSOCIATION OF SS. PETER AND PAUL.

ANY INFRINGEMENT OF THE RULES CAN RESULT IN IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION OF THE VISIT BY SUCH AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL AND IMMEDIATE EXPULSION FROM SACRED PLACE

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