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Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome

Santa Maria Maggiore Rome Location, Tickets & Events

When in Rome, visit this church! The Church of Santa Maria Maggiore Rome is known for its stunning interior, beautiful mosaics and marble columns. It is a papal basilica outside of the Vatican walls, and is therefore often visited by the Pope. Let’s learn more here about the Basilica’s history in this guide. The recent [...]

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Vatican City population over years

Vatican City Population Over the Years – Citizens & Army Population

The Vatican City is a bit of a weird one. I mean how is it a country? Are “normal” people allowed to live there, or just the Pope and a few Bishops? Are there nuns? Can anyone be born there? How many people live in the Vatican? Gee, this introduction is more like our Frequently [...]

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Rules on can you take pictures inside the Vatican

Can you take pictures inside the Vatican: Know your rights!

You've been convinced by our reasons to visit the Vatican and you’ve scrimped and saved for your trip to Rome? You now want to show the world by taking pictures? Well, here’s a list of dos and don’ts about taking Vatican pictures inside the walls. Can you take pictures inside the Vatican: List of Dos [...]

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The Belvedere torso

The Belvedere Torso Sculpture Dimensions, History & Facts

Located within the wonderful Vatican Museums, the Belvedere Torso is definitely worth stopping at when visiting the Vatican City. The Belvedere Torso history is not 100% known, but it is thought that the torso sculpture has been in Rome since at least the 15th century. This headless, armless and legless statue has more impact than [...]

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Audience of the Pope statue resurrection

The Vatican Resurrection Statue Meaning & Details about Sculptor

If you are in the Vatican City, don’t forget to visit the Paul VI Audience hall. This building - which is actually part in Rome and part in the Vatican City - is home to the stunning Statue of the Resurrection. This is not your average traditional Vatican resurrection statue however. Read on to find [...]

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Is Vatican City a country

Is the Vatican City a Country? Independence, History & Facts

Is Vatican City a Country? The Vatican is a city state that is completely surrounded by Rome. In fact, it is the world’s smallest independent nation! Here, we’ll tell you all you need to know about the Vatican City government, it’s population and of course its history! Read on to find out more about this [...]

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St Peter's Square view

St Peter’s Square Rome Vatican Architecture, Fountains & Restaurants

The fabulous St Peter’s Square, Vatican City is something you must see when visiting Rome. It’s also a great free attraction, so being on a budget is no excuse not to visit! Read on to discover all about the history, obelisk, and architecture. Welcome to the Entrance to St Peter's Square Vatican and Basilica st_peters_square_vatican [...]

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Michelangelo pieta

Michelangelo’s La Pieta: Meaning, Facts & Complete Analysis

One of the most inevitable tourist destinations of Vatican City, Michelangelo’s la Pieta possesses a rich and appealing charisma, tugging thousands of visitors from across the globe. Along with the Pieta meaning and all the facts and curiosities related to it, here you will discover everything you need to know to plan your visit to [...]

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School of Athen's Painting by Raphael

School of Athens Painting Characters, Location & Details about Artist

Painted between 1509 and 1511 in the Apostolic Palace by Raphael, the School of Athens is one of the most important and fascinating frescos in history. Dedicated to classical Greece and Rome, Raphael’s School of Athens painting depicts the birth of philosophy of almost every kind. Being a tourist attraction for over centuries and having [...]

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vatican necropolis

Vatican Necropolis: All you need to know to visit St Peter’s Tomb

During the mid-20th century, excavations under the Vatican City revealed an amazing find. A necropolis, dating back to the 3rd century! An old cemetery, one of many outside of the original city walls, was the resting place of many. St Peter was buried here after his martyrdom in ca. 64 AD. Despite laws protecting the [...]

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