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Vatican City is an independent enclave and sovereign city within the confines of Rome. It measures 440mx440m (1400ftx1400ft approx.). The Vatican is the home of Pope and is one of the most sacred places in Christendom, attesting itself  to a great history and a formidable spiritual venture. Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel are some of the main attraction of Vatican. 

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Saint Peter's Basilica, erected over the tomb of St. Peter the Apostle, is the largest religious building in the world. This small yet elegant city houses a unique collection of artistic and architectural masterpieces. Follow the links in this guide to learn more about Vatican City tourism.You can buy an Ebook (.pdf version) of Fonisol's Rome Guide (US $5.00) from this page.

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The present Pope is Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger, originally from Germany. He was elected in April 2005.

The Pope holds public audiences on Wednesday mornings. Tickets can be obtained from the Prefettura office on the north side of St Peter's Square. An easier way to see the Pope, however, is simply to turn up at the Square on a Sunday. Every Sunday at noon he appears at his study window to bless the crowds below.


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View from top of St. Peter's dome

Recommended Tour: Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour

Below is an interactive map of Rome, centered on  St. Peter's (can you spot it?). You can "move around" on the map; use the zoom and pan controls.

 

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