Imagine the size of Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, or the size of the 6th largest mall in the world the Midvalley Mall in Malaysia, that’s the size of Vatican City, just 44 hectares! Vatican City State is the smallest country in the world and of course the smallest population too. This tiny country is the most sacred place in the world and a spiritual center of the Catholic Church. It also known as Holy See or in Italian as Stato della Città del Vaticano.
St Peter’s Basilica has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, it is also known as Papal Basilica of Saint Peter and Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano in Italian.
St Peter’s Square is located directly in front of St Peter’s Basilica, the Egyptian obelisk marks the center as you can see from the first photo, and the above granite fountain by Carlo Maderno on one side.
Extension of the basilica during papal mass
The Vatican has a population of just over 800 people, of which only 450 have Vatican citizenship. It has its own flag, own coins and postage stamps. Vatican City is a Unesco World Heritage Site; it is a home to a so many unique collections of artistic and architectural masterpieces and this is one of the reason why Vatican is a very popular tourist destination not only for Christians. Famous landmarks include Saint Peter’s Square, Basilica of St. Peter, the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Garden, and Raphael Rooms.
Vatican Location and Direction:
Vatican City is within the city of Rome, the main entrance to Vatican City is through St. Peter’s Square. Vatican City Tourist Information is on the left side of St. Peter’s Square and open to the public Monday-Saturday, 8:30-6:30. The closest Metro stop to the museum entrance is Cipro-Musei Vaticani near Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie. You can take a bus too going to Vatican, but I will suggest for you to take a day tour with local tour companies, why? Because the queue going inside the Museum is always crazy! If you don’t want to waste your time queuing then just book a guided tour. For the ticket price and tours available please visit this link.
Attire: Vatican City is very strict, for ladies make sure your knees and upper arms are well covered and most of all, always wear a smile and enjoy this amazing place!
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