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Vatican City

Vatican City is an independent state established by treaty with Italy in 1929. From 752 to 1870 AD, the realm of the Holy See included Rome and surrounding areas. After Prussia defeated France in 1870, the Papal States lost its protector. Italian troops marched into Rome in September and made it the capital of their recently unified nation. Pope Pius IX retreated behind the walls of Vatican City, only months after he declared his office to be infallible during the First Vatican Council.
With an area of 44 hectares, Vatican City is the smallest country on earth.
St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Altar
St. Peter's Altar
St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Square
St. Peter's Square
Chapel of St. Sebastian
Chapel of St. Sebastian
St. Peter's Dome
St. Peter's Dome
St. Peter's Basilica Roofline
St. Peter's Basilica Roofline
Colonnades of St. Peter's Square
Colonnades of St. Peter's Square
Obelisk
Obelisk
St. Peter's Dome
St. Peter's Dome
Altar of the Lie
Altar of the Lie
Transfiguration
Transfiguration
John Paul II
John Paul II
Papal Apartment
Papal Apartment
Octagonal Courtyard in Vatican Museum
Octagonal Courtyard in Vatican Museum
Cortile del Belvedere
Cortile del Belvedere
Sala RotondaMosaic Floor
Sala Rotonda
Mosaic Floor
Gallery of MapsVatican Museum
Gallery of Maps
Vatican Museum
St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica
Monument to Gregory XIII
Monument to Gregory XIII
Emmaus Disciples with Jesus
Emmaus Disciples with Jesus
Resurrection of Christ
Resurrection of Christ
Tigris
Tigris
Laoco÷n and His Sons
Laoco÷n and His Sons
Sala RotondaVatican Museum
Sala Rotonda
Vatican Museum
Angels and Demons
Angels and Demons
Sala Delle Muse Ceiling
Sala Delle Muse Ceiling
Sala RotondaVatican Museum
Sala Rotonda
Vatican Museum
Vatican Museum
Vatican Museum
Gallery of the Candelabra
Gallery of the Candelabra
Portico of St. Peter's
Portico of St. Peter's
Sala degli AnimaliVatican Museum
Sala degli Animali
Vatican Museum
Statue of Antoninus Pius
Statue of Antoninus Pius
St Paul
St Paul
St. Peter
St. Peter
The Church
The Church
Loggia of the Blessings
Loggia of the Blessings
Holy Door
Holy Door
Michelangelo's PietÓ
Michelangelo's PietÓ
Monument to Benedict XV
Monument to Benedict XV
Swiss Guard
Swiss Guard
Swiss Guard
Swiss Guard
Colonnades of St. Peter's Square
Colonnades of St. Peter's Square
Artemis of Ephesus
Artemis of Ephesus
Map of Italy
Map of Italy
Map of Venice
Map of Venice
Vatican Museum Gift Shop
Vatican Museum Gift Shop
Vatican Museum Entrance
Vatican Museum Entrance