VATICAN CITY - THE HOLY SEAT OF CHRISTIANITY

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When I first arrived here in Italy, I immediately went to Vatican. Ever since then I would always  make it a point to visit Vatican   every time I'm in Rome.
The Vatican City  or Vatican City State,  is a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome, Italy.It is the smallest independent state in the world by both area and population.
 Within the territory of Vatican City are the Vatican Gardens it occupies almost   half of the State which  are decorated with fountains and sculptures.
 The Vatican have its own bank, radio station and post office.It is also here where you can find the Sistine Chapel( BTW, no pictures allowed inside the chapel.
 Of course the most famous structure is the St. Peter's Basilica with its impressive Dome just right in front of the St. Peter's Square
 
 Swiss Guard serves as personal bodyguard of the Pope.It is said that  recruitment is arranged by a special agreement between the Holy See and Switzerland. All recruits must be Catholic, unmarried males with Swiss citizenship who have completed their basic training with the Swiss Army with certificates of good conduct, be between the ages of 19 and 30, and be at least 175 cm (5 ft 9 in) in height. Members are armed with small arms and the traditional halberd (also called the Swiss voulge), and trained in body guarding tactics.
 
 


Be aware that the Dress Code is strictly enforced at St. Peter's Basilica. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts. This applies to both men and women. I saw a lot of frustrated visitors who were not allowed to enter the Basilica after  queuing for hours only to be denied entry.

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