Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano), the papal residence, was built over the tomb of Saint Peter. The Vatican’s position as a sovereign state within a state was quaranteed by the Lateran Treaty of 1929, marked by the building of a new road, the Via Della Conciliazione. This leads from huge St Peter’s basilica to Castel Sant’ Angelo, a monument to a far grimmer past.
Vatican is the smallest state in the world, based in Rome in Italy.
Inside the Vatican city, we can find 11 Vatican Museums with the restored Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Gardens, an enchanted place, a system of large and small gardens, a fountain, fish pool, and enclosure for rabbits. They date back to medieval times when vineyards and orchards extended to the north of the Apostolic Palace.
Vatican radio station broadcasts all over the world in 29 languages, it has its television station, the daily newspaper, post office with Vatican stamps, shops, offices, and publishing house. All signposted, in a highly-sophisticated system of organization.
More than a thousand residents are responsible for the smooth, day-to-day running of this nerve center of official Christianity, with of course the Pope at its head, all guarded by the Swiss guard.
Country: State of the Vatican City (Holy See), Italy
Population: 920 inhabitants
Area: 0.44 sq km
Density: 2273/ Km2
Religions: Roman Catholic
Currency: Euro (EUR) = 100 Cents
For more information visit the official Vatican website: www.vatican.va
See also: Pictures of the Vatican