Tomb of St Peter
Tomb of St Peter information
Excavations beneath the St.Peter's Basilica, which began in 1940, have uncovered part of the original church and what archaeologists believe is the Tomb of St Peter . In 1942, the bones of an elderly, strongly built man were found in a box hidden behind a wall covered by pilgrims’ graffiti. After more than 30 years of forensic examination, in 1976, Pope Paul VI declared the bones to be those of St Peter.