The world’s smallest country is the Vatican, also known as the Holy See. Every see is considered holy. In Greek, the adjective “holy” or “sacred” is constantly applied to all such sees as a matter of course. The word “see” comes from the Latin word “sedes”, meaning “seat”, which refers to the Episcopal throne cathedral.
This country fits within the Italian capital city of Rome, and is the center of the Catholic Church. It is also home to the biggest church in the world – St. Peter’s Basilica, and holds some treasures of the most significant art works of the Renaissance.
I just cannot believed how they keep all the treasure. The Vatican Apostolic Library and the collections of the Vatican Museums are of the highest historical, scientific and cultural importance. In 1984, the Vatican was added by UNESCO to the List of World Heritage Sites; it is the only one to consist of an entire state.
ART & FAITH
- St. Peter’s Basilica is a pilgrimage site for many Catholics. Today, St. Peter’s is the largest and one of the best known churches in the world.
2. Climb all the way (551 steps) by foot or take the lift and then climb the rest on foot (320 steps). The admission charge is of course a couple of euros less than if you take the lift. Once at the top, you have 360 degree views of St Peter’s Square and the city of Rome. Allow about an hour for the experience.
3. The Vatican Obelisk was originally taken from Egypt by Caligula.
4. The Basilica main Altar is almost 10 stories tall—it’s just that the dome, above it, is even bigger: 452 feet. By the way, also uses no less than 100,000 pounds of bronze.
5. The Sistine Chapel is one of Rome’s most popular and prized historic sites. The world-famous ceiling frescoes by Michelangelo are of course the main attraction, forming a masterpiece of astonishing beauty. Learn more about Sistine Chapel click here.
6.Michelangelo’s Pietà, in the Basilica (1498–1499), is one of the Vatican’s best known artworks, he carved when he was only 24 years old. It is shielded by bullet-proof glass.
7.The same Pope Julius needed a place to house all of his treasures and founded the Vatican Museums in the early 16th century. It now ranks as the 5th most visited art museum in the world.
Vatican City is home to some of the most famous art in the world. Honestly, I forgot all name of those great Artist except Michelangelo. I forgot all Date or how long they make each of those artworks or what materials they use, it was clever decision that I bought DVD of “Vatican Treasures” so I can review all the information about it. It was spectacular & unforgettable experience. To be there at Vatican and seeing it with my naked eyes was such a great blessing.
It was amazingly impressive!