Thursday, 10 March 2011

Vatican City

One of the most interesting places to visit is the very touristy Vatican City. It is of course the location of the Catholic Church and the home of the Pope but religion and politics aside, it is an amazing place to see. From the most beautiful basilica in the world of St. Peters, to the incomparable Sistine Chapel, to the gorgeous St. Peters Square that revelers pack each week to listen to the Pope address his followers, to the ancient history and mystery of the most influential “entity” in the worlds history-the Vatican just has an aura about it that shouldn’t be missed.
Vatican City, officially State of the Vatican City, is a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome. At approximately 108 acres, it is the smallest independent state in the world. Vatican City is a non-hereditary, elected monarchy that is ruled by the Bishop of Rome — the Pope. The highest state functionaries are all clergymen of the Catholic Church. It is the sovereign territory of the Holy See and the location of the Apostolic Palace — the Pope’s official residence — and of much of the Roman Curia.