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VATICAN CITY


Location - Western Europe; Capital - Vatican City; Population - 800; Currency - Euro

After arriving in Rome from Libya, I headed straight for the Vatican City, in November 2007.

 

euroThe Vatican issues highly sought after Euro coins, but I didn't get near one..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vat44The construction of St Peter's Basilica took place over the 16th and 17th centuries - Vatican City

 

 

 

vat46St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

 

 

 

vat38Bramante, Raphael and Michelangelo were all involved in the design of the Basilica - Vatican City

Click here for more info on St Peter's Basilica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vat43St Peter's is said to be built on the burial site of Saint Peter, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus - Vatican City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vat39The two colonnades surrounding St Peter's Square support 140 saints - Vatican City

 

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vat47aSt Peter's Square, Vatican City

 

 

vat47St Peter's Square's southern colonnade, Vatican City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vat48St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vat49St Peter's Basilica through the columns of the colonnade - Vatican City

 

 

vat50St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

 

 

 

vat36The Doric columns that make up the St Peter's Square colonnades - Vatican City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vat53Looking down the Via della Concilazione to St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vat30There's superb views from the dome of St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

 

 

vat32St Peter's Square; Via della Concilazione; which leads to the circular Castel Sant'Angelo opposite the Tiber river - Vatican City

 

 

vat26St Peter's dome curves away to reveal the Vatican Gardens - Vatican City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vat27The Vatican Gardens, Vatican City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vat21The 120 metre high dome of St Peter's Basilica was completed in 1590 - Vatican City

 

 

vat22I'm unsure what these statues are (at a level close to the base of the dome) - saints? Vatican City

 

 

vat24Looking down on the Courtyard of the Pine Cone, part of the Vatican museums - Vatican City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vat2The Vatican Museums - Vatican City

 

Visit the Vatican website for the Vatican Museums opening hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vat4The Vatican Museums, Vatican City

 

 

vat6Courtyard of the Pine Cone, Vatican Museums - Vatican City

 

 

vat7Arnaldo Pomodoro's Sphere Within Sphere, set in the Courtyard of the Pine Cone - Vatican City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vat8Courtyard of the Pine Cone - Vatican City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vat3Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, in the Pinacoteca, Vatican Museums - Vatican City

 

 

vat10The Map Gallery, or Galleria delle Carte Geografiche, Vatican Museums - Vatican City

 

 

vat9The ceiling of the Map Gallery, Vatican Museums - Vatican City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vat11Raphael's The School of Athens, in the Stanze di Rafaello, Vatican Museums - Vatican City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vat16Inside St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

 

 

vat17Bernini's baldacchino, made from bronze - St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

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vat18Michelangelo's Pieta, St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

 

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vat14Take the stairs or lift to this point, half way to the top of St Peter's dome - Vatican City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vat13..and look down on the Basilica - Vatican City

 

 

vat12The dome of St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

 

 

vat1Vatican City walls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.vatican.va - the Vatican's official site, including useful opening hours

www.vaticanstate.va

 

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