The Smallest Country ~ VaticanPosted on Dec 21 in Europe, Slide, Vaticanby ShelynPrint
It has its own currency, postal service, passport, newspapers, radio station and railroad system. Its population of less than 1000 consists almost entirely of Church personnel, Vatican administrators and representatives of international organizations.
History About Vatican (From TravelVantage):
The word VATICAN is an ancient place-name of Etruscan origin. In pre-Christian times it was applied to a vast area of swampy land stretching between what is today Trastevere and Monte Mario. During the Imperial age, however, the area was transformed into sprawling parks, with huge arenas built for sporting events. In fact, what is now St.Peter’s Square was probably a circus for chariot racing, and the sire where early Christians in the early part of the 4th Century, constructed a great basilica on the site of what is thought to be St. Peter’s Tomb. The current St. Peter’s, built during the 16th and 17th centuries, replaced that basilica.
For centuries the Popes lived in the area of the right bank of the Tiber that has become the Vatican City, but the Vatican only developed into the Church’s governmental center in the 14th Century when Pope Gregory XI returned from exile in Avignon.
From the late 16th through the mid-19th centuries, the Popes again neglected the Vatican, preferring to live in a new palace on the Quirinale Hill, where they believed the air was healthier.
It was only after 1870 and the political unification of Italy that the Popes permanently returned to the Vatican. And it was not until 1929, when the Lateran Treaty between Italy and the Holy See recognized its sovereignty and defined its boundaries, that the State of the Vatican City was established as the official home of the Pope and the center of the Roman Catholic Church.
Look at the scary crowd!
Every Wednesday, Pope Benedict XVI gives his weekly service in Saint Peter’s Square around 9.30 am. That’s why you can see thousands of chairs arranged neatly in the Square.
An obelisk is a tall, narrow, four-sided, tapering monument which ends in a pyramidal top. Ancient obelisks were made of a single piece of stone.
My mum, even my mum is taller than me. I’m a failed product.
Entrance into the basilica was free, but there was a strict and elaborate dress code. In short, no skimpy clothes!
Why would popes live a luxurious life? While we were taught to live a simple life and to give away our money to the poor?
St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest Catholic Church in the world.
All of the sculptures that are in gold colour in the Basilica are actually made out of gold.
The Vatican City was no doubt glorious and impressive; we spent about an hour or two there and ready to make a move to Piazza Navona. I spotted this food stand at the exit of the Vatican city and found it very interesting.