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Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the world. Vatican City is a walled enclave within the city of Rome in Italy. Vatican City is one of the most sacred places of Christianity. Vatican City is the seat of the Pope and the seat of the Roman Catholic Church. St. Peter's Basilica is located in the centre of Vatican city. St. Peter's Basilica is erected over the tomb of St. Peter the Apostle in 1506-1626. The principal designers of St. Peter's Basilica are Carlo Maderno, Donato Bramante, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Michelangelo Buonarroti. St. Peter's Basilica is one of the largest churches in the world. It is a famous work of Renaissance art and architecture. Other important buildings in Vatican City are the Vatican Palace,  the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum with the famous spiral staircase. Rome and Vatican City are among the most important Christian pilgrimage destinations in the world. Vatican City gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1984.

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Vatican City - Vatican city: The St. Peter's Basilica and the Egyptian obelisk by night. Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the...

Vatican city: The St. Peter's Basilica and the Egyptian obelisk by night. Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the world, situated inside the city of Rome. Vatican City is one of the most sacred places of Christianity and the seat of the Pope. The St. Peter's Basilica is situated in the centre of Vatican City. Vatican City gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1984.

  1. Vatican City - Vatican city: The St. Peter's Basilica and the Egyptian obelisk by night. Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the...

    Vatican city: The St. Peter's Basilica and the Egyptian obelisk by night. Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the world, situated inside the city of Rome. Vatican City is one of the most sacred places of Christianity and the seat of the Pope. The St. Peter's Basilica is situated in the centre of Vatican City. Vatican City gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1984.

  2. Vatican City - Vatican City: The St. Peter's Basilica is located within the Vatican City. The St. Peter's Basilica is one of the largest churches in the...

    Vatican City: The St. Peter's Basilica is located within the Vatican City. The St. Peter's Basilica is one of the largest churches in the world. The present basilica was built in the period 1506-1626. It was constructed on the site, where the apostle Peter was martyred, crucified and buried in 64 AD. Vatican City is the papal enclave inside the city of Rome.

  3. Vatican City - Vatican City: The St. Peter's Square is located in front of the St. Peter's Basilica. The basilica  is a famous work...

    Vatican City: The St. Peter's Square is located in front of the St. Peter's Basilica. The basilica  is a famous work of Renaissance art and architecture. The St. Peter's Basilica is the burial place of its namesake apostle St. Peter. The apostle St. Peter is considered as the first Bishop of Rome, the Pope. The St. Peter's Basilica is famous as a place of Christian pilgrimage.

  4. Vatican City - Vatican City: Pope John Paul II in front of the St. Peter's Basilica. The basilica is situated on the Mons Vaticanus , the 75 metres high...

    Vatican City: Pope John Paul II in front of the St. Peter's Basilica. The basilica is situated on the Mons Vaticanus , the 75 metres high Vatican Hill. Already in the beginning of the 4th century a basilica was built on Vatican Hill, the burial site of the apostle Peter, this basilica was ordered by Constantine, the first Christian Roman emperor.

  5. Vatican City - Vatican City: Pope John Paul II in front of the St. Peter's Basilica, escorted by Swiss Guards. On the left, another safety guard stands in...

    Vatican City: Pope John Paul II in front of the St. Peter's Basilica, escorted by Swiss Guards. On the left, another safety guard stands in front of the Egyptian obelisk. The obelisk was brought from Egypt to Italy in 37 AD by the Roman Emperor Gaius Caligula. Since 1586, the Egyptian obelisk stands at the centre of the St. Peter's Square in Rome.

  6. Vatican City - Vatican: A Swiss Guard in his traditional uniform. The Swiss Guard is responsible for the safety of the Pope, but it also serves as a...

    Vatican: A Swiss Guard in his traditional uniform. The Swiss Guard is responsible for the safety of the Pope, but it also serves as a ceremonial escort to the Pope. The Swiss Guard has been protecting the Pope for over 500 years. The Swiss Guard is the smallest army in the world, the army consists of around 135 men.

  7. Vatican City - Vatican City: The Holy Door of the St. Peter's Basilica is opened only for great celebrations, such as the Jubilee year, celebrated every...

    Vatican City: The Holy Door of the St. Peter's Basilica is opened only for great celebrations, such as the Jubilee year, celebrated every 25 or 50 years. The Holy Door is bricked up on the inside, it is ceremoniously opened by the Pope on the first day of a Jubilee year and will be closed by the Pope at the end of the Jubilee year. The opening of the Holy Door symbolizes the opening to God's mercy.

  8. Vatican City - Vatican City: St. Peter's Basilica houses the Pietà, sculpted by Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1499. Michelangelo carved it from a...

    Vatican City: St. Peter's Basilica houses the Pietà, sculpted by Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1499. Michelangelo carved it from a single slab of Carrara marble. It depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. The Pietà is the only work Michelangelo Buonarroti ever signed. Although Michelangelo thought of himself first as a sculptor, his most famous work is the ceiling fresco of the Sistine Capel in the Vatican.

  9. Vatican City - Vatican City: Saint Peter's tomb is below the altar with Bernini's baldacchino in the St. Peter's Basilica. The principal designers of...

    Vatican City: Saint Peter's tomb is below the altar with Bernini's baldacchino in the St. Peter's Basilica. The principal designers of the Peter's Basilica were Carlo Maderno, Donato Bramante, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Michelangelo Buonarroti. The St. Peter's Basilica is a famous work of the Renaissance architecture.

  10. Vatican City - Vatican City: Vatican Museums with the famous spiral staircase designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932. The staircase is made of two intertwined...

    Vatican City: Vatican Museums with the famous spiral staircase designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932. The staircase is made of two intertwined spirals, one leading down, the other leading up. The Sistine Chapel can only be entered through the Vatican Museums. Vatican City gained status as UNESCO World Heritage in 1984.