Città del Vaticano

(Vatican City)


Vatican City spreads out to the right of the Tiber and lies between Monte Mario to the north and the Janiculum to the south. Since 1929, the year in which the Lateran Treaty was stipulated between the Holy See and the Italian State, the Vatican City has been an independent sovereign state. The Vatican prints its own stamps, has its own railroad station, and a well-known newspaper, the Osservatore Romano, which is distributed throughout Italy. The city also has its own police force (once called Pontifical Gendarmes) and a real police service as represented by the famous Swiss Guards which, from the early 16th century, protected the person of the pope and still today wear uniforms that were probably designed by Michelangelo.
excerpt from
The Golden Book of Rome and the Vatican

24 - 25 March 2001

Via della Conciliazione
approaching Basilica of San Pietro

Vatican City Approaching St Peters



Aspiring artists

St Peters Inspiring Artists



St Peters Left Front



St Peters Right Front



St Peters Interior



St Peters Interior




St Peters Interior Statue


Cupola mosaic

St Peters Interior Dome Mosaic


roof top

St Peters Roof Top

View of Piazza San Pietro
from above

St Peters Cupola View



St Peters Cupola View



St Peters Cupola View


Figures overlooking Piazza San Pietro

St Peters Rooftop Figures


Swiss guard

Swiss Guard



St Peters Across Front



St Peters Outward Left




St Peters Piazza


City view across the Tiber

Vatican City Across Tiber


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