About The Vatican
Vatican City, the smallest country in the world, measures just 44 hectares and has about 900 official residents, but it still manages to attract millions of visitors each year. The Vatican is the official residence of the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church is known for its spiritual atmosphere, exotic art and architecture, historic legacy and priceless wonders. Sure, the place is small, but it is packed with so many wonders, treasures and relics, that you could easily spend days exploring the Vatican and still not have a moment of peace.
The Vatican Museum
One of the star attractions of Vatican City is the Vatican Museum, one of the most beautiful museums in the world. The Vatican had countless artists create breathtaking masterpieces in the name of the Catholic Church over the centuries, and this entire collection has now been opened for the public to see in the Vatican Museums. Contained within its labyrinth corridors include treasures from Etruria, ancient Roman sculptures and artefacts from Egypt. There are sculptures, paintings, mosaics, tapestries and ceramics from all parts of the world and those frescoes made by Italian greats such as Michelangelo and Raphael simply take your breath away. The Sistine Chapel, an excellent example of classical architecture and home to world-famous artworks such as Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement and The Creation of Adam, is also located here.
St. Peter’s Basilica
St. Peter’s Basilica is perhaps the first image that comes to mind when you think of The Vatican. It shelters the remains of the first pope, Saint Peter, and is also famous for its exotic atmosphere, mind-boggling architecture, priceless arts and masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s The Pieta. What makes St. Peter’s so special is that it has the largest interior among Christian churches. To give you an idea of how big St. Peter’s really is, the Statue of Liberty could easily fit underneath the dome. A trip to St. Peter’s Basilica is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip to the Vatican.