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Interesting Facts About Vatican City




Interesting Facts About Vatican City

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The Vatican City is the smallest country
in the world with the smallest population. It measures 44
hectares ( 110 acres) and has a population of about 1000
people.



The Vatican has its own Post office and
issues its own stamps. The Vatican mail system is widely used
by Romans as in most cases is a lot quicker than Italian mail.



The Vatican's radio station is located
in a tower inside the Vatican Gardens and broadcasts in 20
languages throughout the world.



The Vatican's railway Station was opened
in 1930 and is mostly used for freight.



Piazza di San Pietro (St Peter's Square)
and the colonnade were designed and built by Bernini
(completed in 1667). At 314 meters long and 240 meters wide it
is the largest square in Rome. Bernini (with the help of his
pupils) designed the 140 statues of saints which decorate the
colonnade.



The Vatican City issues its own
passports; the Pope, cardinals, members of the Swiss guard and
clergy being the recipients.



The Vatican City is a UNESCO World
Heritage Site; the only site to encompass a whole country.



Italians are allowed to donate 8% of
their yearly taxes to the Vatican (this is instead of paying
it to the Italian Government).



In 2007 the Vatican opted to become the
first Carbon neutral state by offsetting their carbon
footprint with the creation of a forest in Hungary.



The Vatican stamps its own coins. The €1
coin which has a portrait of the present Pope is in high
demand with collectors.



The Vatican museums are over 9 miles
(14,5 kilometers) long, and it is said that if you spent only
1 minute admiring each painting it would take you 4 years to
complete the circuit!

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