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The Vatican watchfully overlooks Rome from a hill on the banks of the Tiber River. Imagine! This little piece of the world is one of the most socially influential and historically rich places on Earth. The time of its greatest glory has passed. Yet, the city continues to embody the crucial elements of Rome's cultural past and present. Visiting Vatican City is an experience to savor. You might not know that the Vatican City has been a sovereign state since 1929 as per the Lateran Treaty. Today, it serves as the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. But that is not all! It's also home to its government, including the Bishop of Rome, (the pope) and the College of Cardinals (the pope's cabinet). However, its history spans as far as the 1st century AD, the time of birth of the Catholic Church. 
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Renowned for its stunning Renaissance architecture, St. Peter’s Basilica is the biggest church in the world, the most important in Christendom and one of the best things to see in Rome. Beginning in 1506, the construction of the Basilica passed from architect to architect until its completion in 1626. Crowning the interior of the church is a grand dome designed by Michelangelo at the impressive age of 72. The structure was so well- thought out, it served the model for many other domes around the world. What's even more interesting is that you can climb up and enjoy the view of Rome from its terrace. Inside the grand expanse of the basilica's hall don't miss Michelangelo’s sculpture, Pietà, and Bernini’s 29m tall bronze canopy, the baldachin. When you visit the Vatican, take your time to explore the basilica, it hides an array of artistic treasures you simply shouldn't miss.

What to do in Vatican you ask? The answer may well lie on walls and in the galleries of the Vatican Museums. This museum complex houses all the art amassed by Popes over the centuries. In fact, dates as far back as the 16th Century to its founder, Pope Julius II. In the overwhelming 1400 rooms, the Vatican Museums boast and form a collection of approximately 70,000 artworks.   For instance, the Egyptian museum has ancient clay figurines, sculptures, statues and bronze objects. In the many rooms of the Pinacoteca Vaticana, the walls are adorned with the Renaissance masterpieces from the likes of Da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Raphael. And, hanging in the Gallery of Tapestries you can find Pieter van Aelst’s tapestries. Moreover, the Vatican Museums stretches a total distance of 7 km! So, it offers a day filled with the best things to see in Vatican.

If you’ve ever wondered, “why do people go to Vatican City?” The Sistine Chapel, that’s why.  Attracting millions of travelers a year, it is the centerpiece of the Vatican Museums. Moreover, it is one of the holiest sites in the Christian world. In fact, its walls served as canvases for some of the most exquisite Renaissance art ever. Designed by Pontelli and built under the supervision of Dolci, the Sistine Chapel sits on the former site of the Cappella Magna. The Chapel is part of the Apostolic Palace and serves as the place where conclave gathers to elect a Pope. Behind its modest exterior, a world bursts into life with the frescoes from Renaissance masters. However, the Sistine Chapel also features pieces from Botticelli, Rosselli and Perugino. To take in all the Chapel’s glory is one of the best things to do in Vatican city.


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Politically speaking, the Church reached the pinnacle of its power from the 9th century all the way through the Renaissance period. Gradually, the Popes took on more and more governing power. Eventually, ended up ruling all the regions surrounding Rome (Papal States). Its political power ended (after a fairly decent 1000 years of rule) with the unification of Italy. 
 
 Today, Vatican City has its very own banking system, post office, pharmacy, and telephone system. However, perks such as an astronomical observatory, gardens, radio station, and Swiss Guards are also part of the country's repertoire. However, almost all essential supplies such as food, water, gas, and electricity must be imported. The country gets its income from the contributions of more than a billion Roman Catholics all over the world. Besides that, the money also comes from sales of publications, stamps, and coins.

But what to do in Vatican when you actually visit? Most of the artistic masterpieces and architectural wonders that attract travelers today date back to the golden years of Papal States. You can see them on display in the Vatican Museums. Also, Grand artists such as Raphael, Michelangelo, and Sandro Botticelli made their mark the St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. People from all over the world (from all backgrounds and all religions) come here to admire the depth and beauty only centuries of work and dedication can create. Scroll down and explore things to do in Vatican!
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