Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Vatican City

Some interesting facts about Vatican City:

o  smallest independent "nation state" in the world

o exists within a walled enclave of Rome, Italy

o  the Pope is the head of state

o  issues its own passports

o  has its own telephone system, post office, pharmacy and
    banking system

o controls its own internet domain which is registered as .va

o  a contingent of Swiss Guards is responsible for the safety of
    the Pope

Here are my pics of Vatican City. I visited just after the New Year in 1994 so it was still festive with Christmas displays. Really wonderful to be there at that time.

 St Peter's Basilica

 St Peter's Square

Christmas Display in St Peter's Square

Related Posts:
Rome - The Colosseum
Rome - Roman Forum and Palace of Septimius Severus
Roman Arches

Links:  Wikipedia Vatican City

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