Country #15

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May 122009
 
St Peter's Square and obelisk

St Peter's Square and obelisk

Population: 900

Area:  0.44 km²

UN member: no

EU member: no

Currency: Euro (unique version of, depicting the Pope of course (coins only)).  The EU lets the mint issue more coins in years where there is a change in Pope.

Own postal service: yes!

That’s right, we’ve now been to the world’s smallest country, Vatican City.  Although we missed the Pope, we did spend an afternoon visiting the amazing sites in Vatican City.

The Vatican Museum houses some of Europe’s best art and leads into Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel via the Raphael Rooms, both of which are fresco (‘plaster-paint’) works.  The frescoes and tapestries leading up to the Sistine Chapel were so incredible that we were probably not as awestruck as we should have been by the Chapel itself (and it was FULL of loud tourists and guards exclaiming ‘ssshhh!’)

St Peter's Basilica

St Peter's Basilica

After the Sistine Chapel is St Peter’s Basilica, probably the most impressive church so far and probably not to be beaten.  It so massive you don’t really notice the thousands of other tourists and pigeons in there with you.

St Peter's Basilica

St Peter's Basilica

St Peter.  His right toe has been kissed away!

St Peter. His right toe has been kissed away!

PS.  You can see our photos from Greece now!