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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Vatican City

Photo: St. Peter's Basilica
The moon climbs past the Michelangelo-designed dome of St. Peter's Basilica.
 
Photo: Pope John Paul II delivering Easter greetings

Population:
798
Capital:
Vatican City; 798
Area:
0.4 square kilometer (0.2 square mile)
Language:
Italian, Latin, French
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Currency:
Euro
Life Expectancy:
78
GDP per Capita:
U.S. $25,500
Literacy Percent:
100
Flag: Vatican City
Map: Vatican City
From this state within the city of Rome, the Pope ministers to a flock of more than a billion Roman Catholics. The Lateran Treaty between Italy and the Holy See created an independent Vatican City in 1929. The Holy See maintains diplomatic relations with more than 150 countries; issues passports, coins, and stamps; has a radio station and a publishing house; and billets a force of Swiss Guards. John Paul II, the first non-Italian Pope in 455 years, was elected in 1978. Pope Benedict XVI was elected head of the Roman Catholic Church and Vatican City in 2005 after Pope John Paul II's death.
ECONOMY
  • Industry: Printing; production of coins, medals, postage stamps; worldwide banking and financial activities
—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition

More Photos

Vatican : Basilica Di San Pietro



Vatican : Piazza San Pietro


Vatican : Piazza San Pietro


Vatican : Piazza San Pietro


Vatican : Basilica Di San Pietro


Vatican : Basilica Di San Pietro


Vatican : Basilica Di San Pietro


Vatican : Basilica Di San Pietro


Vatican : Basilica Di San Pietro


Vatican : Basilica Di San Pietro


Vatican : Basilica Di San Pietro


Vatican : Basilica Di San Pietro


Vatican : Basilica Di San Pietro


Vatican : Basilica Di San Pietro


Vatican : Basilica Di San Pietro


Vatican : Swiss Guard


Vatican : Musei Vaticani


Vatican : Musei Vaticani







Vatican : Musei Vaticani




Vatican : Musei Vaticani




Vatican : Musei Vaticani




Vatican : Musei Vaticani




Vatican : Musei Vaticani




Vatican : Musei Vaticani




Vatican : Musei Vaticani




Vatican : Cappella Sistina




Vatican : Cappella Sistina




Vatican : Cappella Sistina




Vatican : Musei Vaticani




Vatican : Musei Vaticani




Vatican : Musei Vaticani






















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