The Vatican City is a city-state enclaved in Rome, Italy. It is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and home to the Pope. With an area of 44 hectares (110 acres) and a population of about 1,000, it is the smallest sovereign state in the world by both area and population. However, Vatican City…
VATICAN CITY, home of the head of the Catholic Church, is the centre of a new BBC documentary Inside the Vatican. From Pope Francis to the gardener, it follows residents over the course of a year. Take a look at pictures of the famous city ahead of the new series.
Vatican City is the smallest state in the world, located inside Rome, with a total area of 0.17 square miles. About 5 million tourists visit it annually while its population is about 799 people (according to 2019’s data). The entire territory of the Vatican is under the protection of UNESCO, and this is one of the distinguishing features that makes it so special.
The Vatican City is distinct and not just for being the smallest nation in the world.
The Vatican City is officially the smallest nation in the world. It can be easily covered on foot in under one hour, it has a birth rate of zero and is completed enclaved by Rome, Italy.
Despite these apparent geographical and social hindrances, the Vatican City is home to the world renowned St Peter’s Basilica – the illustrious domed building which is the largest church in the world and took 120 years to complete. Also located within the Vatican City is the Sistine Chapel where you will find Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam fresco (the one in which God and Adam are nearly touching fingertips).
A tiny colossus
It could, therefore, be said that the Vatican City punches above its weight in terms of what it has to offer.