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Some Interesting facts -

The Vatican City is to a Roman Catholic what Mecca is to a Muslim and Jeruslem to a Jew, the difference being the Holy See comprising an entire country unlike any other religion till date. The hub of Christianity and the residential quarters of His Holiness, the Pope, the Vatican draws thousands of pilgrims from all over the world every year. It is the smallest independant state in the world, (with a population under a 1000 heads) and yet the richest in terms of its priceless art and treasures acquired during past centuries.

Personal Comment -

It has always been a dream of ours to visit the Vatican, and so Eva and I were extremely excited at the thought of taking a flight out from Vienna to Rome and spending a few but special moments exploring this historical city. June seemed perfect for a visit. The weather was pleasant and the ambience was terrific. Words could not even begin to express our amazement at the grandeur within the walls of the Vatican, but through our tips and travellogues we will make every attempt to do this city justice.

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The Holy Father

The Roman Pontiff is the successor of Peter and is the foundation of unity of both the bishops and the faithful.

[Sidenote - As you can see, I have not yet modified the adjoining picture to the new pope Benedict XVI, simply because Pope John Paul II was the one who inspired me during my growing years, and this was the one Eva and I met on our first trip to the Vatican - so he will always have a special place on this page.]

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Swiss guard


Going back into history -


Pope Julius II invited Helvetian soldiers to join the Vatican army during the period of the Renaissance in 1506, and since then these enigmatic characters have been the 'Defenders of the Church's freedom' and the pope's personal bodyguards.

On the morning of May 6th, 1527, spanish mercenaries launched a series of attacks on Rome. The Swiss Guard, standing firm at the foot of the obelisk (now in St. Peter's Square), resisted desperately. Of the 189 Swiss Guards, only 42 survived. Pope Clement VII was able to escape to safety, through the "Passetto", a secret corridor built along the top of the wall connecting the Vatican with Castel Sant’Angelo, thanks to the renowned courage, noble sentiments and loyalty of the Swiss guards.

Admission requirements to the Swiss guard can be found at - The Roman Curia

[Sidenote - Eva got thrown out of the vatican by these guards, when she jumped a barricade and tried to get close to Pope John Paul II to snap some closeup pics. We did get back in a few minutes later without any trouble though. ]

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Papa Giovinni Paulo II (Pope John Paul II); currently Pope Benedict XVI
  • Cons:Huge crowds at the General Audience to meet the Pope
  • In a nutshell:A trip that saw my lifetime dream come through with someone I love so much
  • Last visit to Vatican City: Jun 2004
  • Intro Updated Nov 16, 2007
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  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2007 at 1:40 AM

    excellent tips and brilliant photographs bringing back nice memories !

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2007 at 9:47 PM

    Excellent tips. Brought back fond memories. thanks ;-)

  • kris-t's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2006 at 3:06 PM

    Thank you for the exellent trips!!! K&T

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2005 at 8:07 AM

    Lovely page -you have put so much work into this -it expresses your feelings for the place perfectly. As you say - some things are meant to be. leyle

  • morgenhund's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2005 at 12:19 AM

    Great tips on the Vatican - I hope to go next year when at a conference in Rome! Mike

  • Siddha3th's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2005 at 4:40 AM

    Heavenly pages, you two ;) Divine intervention, huh - getting to meet the Pope and all :) Thanks for dropping by the Andamans, Eve... all the very best for the coming days.

  • vichatherly's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2005 at 9:05 AM

    Excellent pages. We visited Rome recently but decided not to join the enormous queue for the Vativan museum. It took us 20 mins to find the back of it !

  • grets's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2005 at 1:16 AM

    Fascinating and impressive page about the Vatican. We too had an audioence with the Pope when we visited - amazing experience! Thanks for a great page. :-)

  • Karolina01's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2005 at 9:55 PM

    Very interesting info about the electing a new pope. Thanks a lot.

  • themajor's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2005 at 8:08 AM

    Stunning Vatican City storm photograph chaps and great tips too! Being assaulted by the Vatican Guards AND 'Volare'...what an honour - can't wait to get there!

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