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|Look from Vatican City to Historic Roma|
Home of the St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, the population of 800 non-permanent residents live in Vatican City. These are priests, nuns, guards, high-ranking dignitaries and, of course, the pope.
During the mid-19th century, this area covered some 17,000 sq mi, however, during the next decade and the struggle for Italian unification, the majority of these states officially became a part of the country of Italy.
The St. Peter’s Basilica is built on Vatican Hill, across the Tiber river from the historic center of Rome. This was the site where Saint Peter, the chief apostle, died a martyr and where he was buried in 64 AD.
|The basilica has a surface area of 496 feet, enough space to accommodate 60,000 visitors. It is covered by a coffered barrel vault ceiling and a huge central dome.|
|Vatican Museums are made of awesome works of art by the Art Masters|
Sorry, but no photos were allowed taken in the Sistine Chapel