How many people can St. Peter's Basilica hold?
On 8th December 2004, my husband and I attended the Celebration of the Immaculate Conception at St Peter's Basilica, Rome. My ticket, which I still have, was number 09322.
There is a reference on the Time.com website about 8000 people having tickets for a service there in 1983.
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,875183,00.html == For centuries, until recently, St. Peter's was the biggest church structure in the world. It's maximum capacity is listed at 60,000 people.
Answer St. Peter's Basilica (see below for the distinction) is located in Vatican City, a "sovereign city-state" (essentially an independent country) located entirely within the greater metropolitan area of Rome, Italy. See the Wikipedia entry "Vatican City" for more. Many people mistake St. Peter's for a cathedral, but it is not the seat of a bishop; the Cathedral of Rome is San Giovanni Laterano. Find out more about St. Peter's Basilica at http://vaticanart.net/st-peters-basilica-architecture