13 Reasons to Visit Vatican City

Vatican City, a city-state surrounded by Rome, Italy, is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. It's home to the pope and a trove of iconic art and architecture. Here are 13 Reasons to Visit Vatican City.

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    St. Peter's Basilica

    The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, or simply St. Peter's Basilica, is an Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome.

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    Vatican Museums

    The Vatican Museums are the museums of the Vatican City and are located within the city's boundaries.

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    Sistine Chapel

    The Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope, in Vatican City. Originally known as the Cappella Magna, the chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between 1477 and 1480.

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    St. Peter's Square

    St. Peter's Square is a large plaza located directly in front of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City, the papal enclave inside Rome, directly west of the neighbourhood or rione of Borgo.

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    Raphael Rooms

    The four Raphael Rooms form a suite of reception rooms in the palace, the public part of the papal apartments in the Palace of the Vatican. They are famous for their frescoes, painted by Raphael and his workshop.

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    Vatican Necropolis

    The Vatican Necropolis lies under the Vatican City, at depths varying between 5–12 meters below Saint Peter's Basilica.

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    Castel Sant'Angelo

    The Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as Castel Sant'Angelo, is a towering cylindrical building in Parco Adriano, Rome, Italy. It was initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family.

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    Apostolic Palace

    Source: a-a-ah.ru

    The Apostolic Palace is the official residence of the Pope, which is located in Vatican City. It is also known as the Papal Palace, Palace of the Vatican and Vatican Palace.

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    Gardens of Vatican City

    The Gardens of Vatican City also informally known as the Vatican Gardens in Vatican City are private urban gardens and parks which cover more than half of the country, located in the west of the territory and is owned by the Pope.

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    Vatican Library

    Source: nbcnews.com

    The Vatican Apostolic Library, more commonly called the Vatican Library or simply the Vat, is the library of the Holy See, located in Vatican City.

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    St Stephen of the Abyssinians

    St Stephen of the Abyssinians is a Roman Catholic church located in Vatican City. The church dedicated to Stephen the Protomartyr is the national church of Ethiopia.

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    The Last Judgement

    Source: telegraph.co.uk

    The Last Judgment, or The Last Judgement, is a fresco by the Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo executed on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.

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    Cappella Paolina

    The Cappella Paolina is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, Vatican City. It is separated from the Sistine Chapel by the Sala Regia.

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