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Europe » Vatican City February 27th 2005

Disputes between a series of "prisoner" popes and Italy were resolved in 1929 by three Lateran Treaties, which established the independent state of Vatican City and granted Roman Catholicism special status in Italy. In 1984, a concordat between the Holy See and Italy modified certain of the earlier treaty provisions, including the primacy of Roman Catholicism as the Italian state religion. At 0.44sq km - The Holy See is the world's smallest country; but crammed in this tiny state are so many of the worlds treasures, and one of the most amazing museums I've ever visited. For the visitor there are two main buildings: St Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museum. St Peter's Basilica Massive church built on the burial place of St. Peter, work started on the Basilica in 1506, was taken over by Michelangelo ... read more
St. Peter's Basilica - exterior
St. Peter's Basilica - interior
Floor Vent, St. Peter's

Europe » Vatican City » Vatican City September 15th 2004

This morning we were dropped off at La Giustiniana station, and as there was a train strike today, we were expecting the worst. Our first destination was to the Piazza San Pietro, home to the Basilica of St. Peter's. It seemed quite busy today, well apparently busier than normal. It was only when we got closer that Paul said the late Pope John Paul II was going to be reading his sermon today to the pilgrims. We couldn't believe it, what luck we thought. We did have a tour of the Colosseum booked up for that morning, but we all decided that we wanted to stay to see The Pope, as this would be a once in a lifetime experience. We could always go onto see The Colosseum later that day, so we waited at the ... read more
Vatican City
Vatican City
Vatican City

Europe » Vatican City February 5th 2004

Chapter 4: At the Pope’s Joint Up for breakfast, once more a delight and straight to Piazza san Pietro by bus No.40, a fairly pleasant way to travel. Within 15 minutes they arrived at the famous St.Peter’s square and once more Rome didn’t let them down. A vast piazza opens up with columned arches drawing the people in and at the far end of the square, St.Peter’s Basilica where the Pope greets the crowds.(It was his day off today, though didn’t prevent a huge mass of people from gathering). St.Peter’s Basilica built on the tomb of St.Peter by Constantine and decorated by Michael Angelo and Bernini holds 60,00 people. Tourist site 7: St. Peter’s Basilica History: The Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano is the most prominent building in the Vatican and provides a focal point ... read more

Europe » Vatican City July 29th 2003

Vatican might be the smallest sovereign country in the world. Although we live in Prati neighborhood located next to the City, and our apartment is within two minutes walking from San Pietro, we haven't stepped a foot inside the Vatican City prior today. Walking along via della Consolazione to our studio, we always wonder how it feels like to visit the Vatican as a normal tourist. As a "resident of Rome", I am obligated to visit the Holy Site, and I am glad that finally we had the opportunity to examine the city more throughly. Tourists are always crowding around the main entrance to the Vatican, which happens to be the very entrance of St. Peter's Basilica. This is our main excuse of not going; as everybody's list in Rome is to visit Vatican, thus long ... read more
Swiss Guards
San Pietro
Gallery of Statues




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