Vatican City – World’s Smallest Country

Vatican City is a walled enclave, lying entirely with the city of Rome.  It’s area size is only about 44 hectares (10 acres) and has a population of 850. This makes Vatican City the smallest internally recognised independent state in the world – both in terms of area and population.

Being such a small country, the first question  is, “Has Vatican City ever been at war?”   The answer is “No”.  The closest thing to military action was when it was bombed during World War II – twice.  The first time in 1943 and the second time a year later.

A view of St Peter's Basilica and the Obelisk from St. Peter's Square.
A view of St Peter’s Basilica and the Obelisk from St. Peter’s Square.
Approximately 25,000 people visit the Sistine Chapel per day.
There are approximately 25,000 visitors to the Sistine Chapel each day!
The main architect for these magnificent monuments was non other than Michelangelo.
The architect architect behind these magnificent monuments was non other than Michelangelo.
Betwee 1662 and 1703, a total of 140 statues of saints were fashioned atop the roof of the colonnade.
Between 1662 and 1703, a total of 140 statues of saints were fashioned atop the roof of the colonnade.
Pontifical Swiss Guard in full traditional uniform.
A Pontifical Swiss Guard in full traditional uniform.
After hours of walking around and queuing up, the gelato truck is a welcome attraction!
After hours of walking around and queuing up, the gelato truck at the entrance of The Vatican was a welcome proposition!
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