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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.
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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The Holy See:
The official site of the Papal City could have been designed by Michaelangelo.
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.
Vatican museums are closed on Sundays, except for the last Sunday of the month when
entrance is free 9-12.30.
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
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.
Visit Chistus Rex for Christian commentaries and more than 250 images from around the
More about the Vatican's Sistine Chapel.
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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.
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