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Vatican City, a charming saintly country

Alluring view of Vatican City

Vatican City (UITV): Vatican City, the world's smallest, alluring, cardinal country which has the smallest national population in the world of about 800 people, of whom over 451 have Vatican citizenship, while the rest have permission to reside there, either temporarily or permanently, without the benefit of citizenship.  It is encircled by a 2-mile border with Italy covering just over 100 acres. It is also known as the Holy See.

Vatican has appreciable features, mints its own euros, prints its own stamps, issues passports and license plates, operates media outlets and has its own flag and anthem.

Vatican City contains many interesting historical buildings and museums that art enthusiasts and history buffs will find appealing.

The Vatican museums - 1400 rooms containing art and artifacts from 3,000 years of Roman life will surely leave you with gratification. They display works from the immense collection amassed by Popes throughout the centuries including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. Museums contain roughly 70,000 works, of which 20,000 are on display.

The Sistine chapel

Visiting the Vatican Museums is a memorable, must see sightseeing experience for visitors. The Sistine Chapel is one of the most famous painted interior spaces in the world, and virtually all of this fame comes from the breathtaking painting of its ceiling from about 1508-1512. It was built between 1473 and 1481 as the Pope’s private chapel and venue for papal elections.

Basilica of St Peter

Basilica of St Peter - one of the largest Renaissance churches in the world was built above St Peter’s tomb, with a suitably impressive dome painted by Michelangelo. Michelangelo was a great Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance born in the Republic of Florence, who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art.

St Peter’s Square

St Peter’s Square, one of the world’s most famous squares and one of the most breath-taking. The most impressive part of the square is its 284 columns and 88 pilasters that flank the square in a colonnade of four rows. Above the columns there are 140 statues of saints created in 1670 by the disciples of Bernini.

Another most interesting thing is the appearance the Swiss Guards. They're the smallest and oldest army in the world and they've been guarding Popes since 1506.  Their uniform is like no other police uniform, ever! They may look bizarre in that uniform, but are actually capable of policing.

Swiss Guards

Vatican City meets the required conditions of authenticity, since most of its features are still preserved and maintained in their initial form, perform their primary functions and truthfully convey their original spiritual and cultural values. Two eyes are not enough to feel the pleasure of Vatican.

Written by Adithya Dithu