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by Günther Eichhorn


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The Vatican (Holy See) is the smallest country in the world with a size of 0.44 km² (0.17 square miles). It is the seat of the pope, the head of the catholic church. I had been there half a century ago on a vacation, and had another chance to see it on my trip to Western Europe in 2016.

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn

Vatican City

view st petersView of St. Peter's Basilica. (584k) st peters squareSt. Peter's Square from the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. (665k) st peters basilicaSt. Peter's Basilica. (617k) st peters squareSt. Peter's Square. (616k) fountain st petersFountain in St. Peter's Square. (556k)
view vatican museumView of the Vatican Museum from the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. (675k) view vatican groundsView of the Vatican grounds with St. Peter Memorial in the center. (859k) palace governatoratePalace of the Governatorate. (778k) swiss guardSwiss Guard. (537k) inside st petersInside of St. Peter's Basilica. (657k)
inside st petersInside of St. Peter's Basilica. (772k) inside st petersInside of St. Peter's Basilica. (759k) dome st petersDome of St. Peter's Basilica. (759k) climbing inside domeClimbing inside the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. (459k) staircase top domeStaircase to the top of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. (559k)
altar st petersAltar in St. Peter's Basilica. (708k) altar st petersAltar in St. Peter's Basilica. (663k) altar st petersAltar in St. Peter's Basilica. (605k) altar st petersAltar in St. Peter's Basilica. (687k) marble statues stMarble statues in St. Peter's Basilica. (649k)
marble statue stMarble statue in St. Peter's Basilica. (620k) marble statues stMarble statues in St. Peter's Basilica. (694k) marble decorations stMarble decorations in St. Peter's Basilica. (708k) marble statue stMarble statue in St. Peter's Basilica. (674k) marble statues stMarble statues in St. Peter's Basilica. (691k)
marble statue stMarble statue in St. Peter's Basilica. (595k) marble floor stMarble floor in St. Peter's Basilica. (655k) marble floor inlayMarble floor inlay in St. Peter's Basilica. (600k) marble decoration stMarble decoration in St. Peter's Basilica. (698k) marble floor stMarble floor in St. Peter's Basilica. The red marble is harder than the white and is raised due to slow wearing of the white marble. (658k)
sarcophagus popes tombSarcophagus of one of the popes in the tomb underneath St. Peter's Basilica. (537k) sarcophagus popes tombSarcophagus of one of the popes in the tomb underneath St. Peter's Basilica. (579k)


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