About the Small Country That's Inside a CityIn the miniature country, the smallest in the world - the Vatican City (Status Civitatis Vatican), has everything a self-respecting state should have: a flag, an anthem, a government, a radio station, a store and a newspaper.
The state also has its own religious laws. Its total area is 400 square kilometers and less than 1,000 citizens live in its territory, all of them religious figures. The Vatican City serves as the center of Catholic Christianity in the world. This is also why, by the way, there are quite a few interesting religious sites to visit: St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square, the Vatican Gardens and of course the Sistine Chapel.
Do not missunderstand, even though the pope is a sort of "prime minister" of Vatican City, this area is considered part of Rome. Though of course the Pope has everything he needs here-a house, churches, and offices.
Art at the VaticanThe Vatican City is home to many works of art, and now houses the richest art collection in the world. St. Peter's Basilica, for example, is an outstanding architectural masterpiece from the Renaissance. In the Sistine Chapel you can see the frescoes and ceilings, the most spectacular ever created. Sandro Botticelli, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Cosimo Roselli are just a small part of the great and famous artists who left their mark in the tiny country, the Papal State, Vatican City. This is also why in 1984 UNESCO declared this country a World Heritage Site.
Being Photographed with Soldiers of the Swiss GuardChildren would be happy at a sneak peek, and especially to be photographed with the Vatican's Swiss guards. They can be identified by their unique uniforms. Some say that Michelangelo designed these uniforms, but it is worth knowing that this is a mistake. Actually it was the artist Rafael who influenced the uniforms. This was not done directly, but through Rafael's great influence on fashion during the Renaissance.