Exploring the Wonders of Vatican – 07/2012

    Exploring the Wonders of Vatican – 07/2012

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    The Vatican City State (Stato della Città del Vaticano) is situated in the central part of Rome and is officially the smallest state in the world in terms of area. Its population is around 1000 people.

    From ancient times, the area where the city now stands was uninhabited because Emperor Claudius used it for hosting circus games. However, in 326 AD, after the arrival of Christianity, a basilica was built on the Vatican Hill above the supposed tomb of the apostle Peter, and a city gradually grew up around it.

    I arrived in the territory of this country in the evening, just before the basilica closed, so our tour was only a brief overview. Despite the brevity of our visit, I was struck by the awe-inspiring grandeur of St. Peter’s Basilica. The stunning architecture and ornate decorations were truly breathtaking, and I couldn’t help but feel a sense of reverence as I walked through the hallowed halls.

    As I stood in the heart of the Vatican City, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the immense history and significance of this place. It’s home to some of the world’s most important works of art and religious artifacts, including Michelangelo’s famous sculpture, the Pieta.

    The Vatican City is not just a religious center but also a political one. It has its own government, headed by the Pope, who is both the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church and the head of state of the Vatican City. The Vatican has its own currency, stamps, and even its own army, the Swiss Guard.

    Despite its small size, the Vatican City is a world-renowned tourist destination, attracting millions of visitors each year. Apart from the basilica, there are many other historic and cultural landmarks, such as the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and the Apostolic Palace.

    As I wandered around the city, I couldn’t help but marvel at the unique atmosphere of the Vatican. It’s a place where the past and present collide, where ancient traditions and modernity coexist side by side. It’s a place that inspires deep contemplation and reflection, and I left feeling humbled and enriched by the experience.

    In conclusion, the Vatican City is a truly remarkable place, full of history, culture, and spirituality. Despite its small size, it has a global impact, both politically and culturally. A visit to the Vatican is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you in awe of the sheer beauty and significance of this unique place.

    Вид на Базилику Святого Петра с Via della Conciliazione
    Площадь Святого Петра (Piazza San Pietro)
    Апостол Петр
    Собор Святого Петра (Basilica di San Pietro)
    Basilica di San Pietro
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