Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The Smallest Country

The Vatican is the smallest country in the world. It is an independent sovereign state within the bondaries of Rome, the capital of Italy. It became an independent state only after 1929. Right from inception, it has been the spiritual and administrative centre of the Roman Catholic Church. The city state has a daily newspaper, a railway station, and its own bank. It has an area of just 0.5 sq. km and a population of little over a thousand, though it attracts millions of visitors every year. The main attractions in the Vatican are the Michaelandgelo Frescoes in the Sistin Chapel and the imposing facade of St. Peter.

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