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The Holy See, under the absolute authority of the Pope of the Roman Catholic church, is the smallest independent country in the world.

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When in Rome, you really should visit the Vatican.

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Although established in 1929, under terms of the Lateran Treaty, St Peter's Square is still subject to the authority of the Italian police.

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Memory and Identity: Conversations at the Dawn of a Millennium - by Pope John Paul II

Birthplace of Benedict XVI:
Live from Marktl on April 19th, 2005 when it was announced that the new pope was a German; born in their sleepy Bavarian village.

Farewell Pope John Paul:
A look back at the world travels of His Holiness Pope John Paul II.

On The Papabili Trail in Northern Italy:
Visiting the birthplaces of four Italians who many wanted to see as Pope.

The Holy See:
The official site of the Papal City could have been designed by Michelangelo.

Pontifical Council for Culture:
John Paul II founded the Pontifical Council of Culture on 20th May, 1982 with the aim of establishing dialogue between the Church and the cultures of the world.

Visiting The Vatican Museums:
Vatican museums are closed on Sundays, except for the last Sunday of the month when entrance is free 9-12.30.

Vatican City

For the tourist, The Vatican is a part of things to see in north-west Rome (Italy).

It is surrounded by medieval and Renaissance walls and has six gates.

St Peter's Basilica is the world centre of the Roman Catholic faith, with the great St Peter's Square in front of it.

The Sistine Chapel has famous ceiling frescoes painted by Michelangelo and restored in the 1980s.

Raphael's Rooms are the papal apartments with frescoes painted by the Italian artist Raphael.

The Vatican's museums are outstanding and the Vatican Library has a priceless collection of ancient manuscripts and more than 1 million bound volumes.

Many of the most renowned artists and architects of the Italian Renaissance were commissioned by popes to work on the Vatican's buildings.

The Papal Palace complex contains more than 1,000 rooms and houses the papal apartments, the government offices of the Roman Catholic church, several chapels and museums, and a library.

Citta del Vaticano:
Visit Chistus Rex for Christian commentaries and more than 250 images from around the Vatican.

Cappella Sistina:
More about the Vatican's Sistine Chapel.

Mona Winks:
This Rick Steeves guide book helps you get the best out of Europe's 'required' museums when touring them on your own; making them meaningful, fun, fast, and painless.

Musei Vaticani:
The founding of the Vatican Museums can be traced back to 1503 when the newly-elected Pope, Julius II della Rovere, placed a statue of Apollo in the internal courtyard of the Belvedere Palace built by Innocent VIII.

Vatican Guide:
Rome and Vatican private tours operated by Cristiano Pellegrini, a licensed Rome Guide and Official Vatican Tour Guide.

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Vatican Reading Room

Guide to the Vatican: Including Saint Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes; Third Edition (Yale Nota Bene) Rome Everyman Mapguide: 2015 edition (Everyman Citymap Guide)

The Vatican - Saints and Sinners - Map of Rome.

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