Saturday, August 26, 2017

A Country inside the city. Can you guess it?

Here I am, ready for another nice anecdote of my life as a Wandering Writer. This time, I am going to tell you about the most famous of the smallest Countries in the world. As you could, perhaps, guess by the title, I am talking about the Vatican.
Now, calling it a Country is, from my point of view, a big stretch and to be totally honest with you, I wouldnt call it either a city, likewise San Marino.
The Vatican, resemble mostly a district of Rome, without any border or anything that will tell you hey you just entered the Vatican city.
Like some other, even bigger, countries, it doesnt have an army, and it is protected by the Italian army, although, there is not a formal defense treaty between the two countries. The Pontificate Swiss Guard is a military corps of the Holy See, and its main responsibility is to provide security for the Pope. Historically speaking, the Swiss Guard is a military corps of the Holy See responsible for the personal security of the Pope, and resident in the state. Soldiers of the Swiss Guard are entitled to hold Vatican City State passports and nationality. Swiss mercenaries were historically recruited by Popes as part of an army of the Papal States, and the Pontifical Swiss Guard was founded by Pope Julius II on 22 January 1506 as the pope's personal bodyguard and continues to fulfill that function. It is listed in the Annuario Pontificio under "Holy See," not under "State of Vatican City."
A personal note on the Swiss guards is that they wear very funny uniforms, being able to keep a straight face (and generally they are also quite cute).

The biggest attraction and the main reason to pay a visit to the Vatican is the St. Peters square and the Church, together with the museum. The rest of the city reflects the amazing beauty of the host city, Rome, the Città Eterna (eternal city).

The St. Peter's church will leave you literally speechless for the beauty of the numberless details that will keep your eyes busy and your imagination run at impressive speed. You will be caught in the admiration of the richness of the décor, the paintings, the sculptures, the architecture that might keep you busy for hours if you want to really appreciate it fully.
Take your time, and prepare your camera, because you definitely want to have a full experience and you want to keep a record of that fantastic place also in your album when you return back home.
 For me, one of the main reason for visiting the Vatican once again was to see him no, not the Pope, him:

Now I know what you are thinking, and no, I am not crazy. The young man represented is Antinous, the young slave, and lover of Emperor Hadrian. I literally fell in love the first time I saw him, and the melancholic beauty expressed in every statue of him (and believe me, they are quite many), as much as I fell in love with the story of his life.
But let's go back to the museum as there an immense collection of artifacts have been collected by the different Popes during the centuries.
The museum contains 70000 art works, of which only 20000 are exposed. Besides the art work, the architecture of the museum is one of the most notable I've ever seen.
For this reason, if you go to Italy, I strongly suggest you to visit Rome, and if you do, take definitely a tour to the Vatican, you will not regret it. 
With this, I give you appointment to the next week with another journey with the Wandering Writer.
Stay tuned!!

1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous photos! Thanks for the virtual tour of a fascinating place.


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