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VATICAN CITY lies in the heart of Rome in Italy on a low hill on the west bank of the River Tiber; it is the world’s smallest independent state and headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.
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The Vatican City was formally created in 1929 and is the last of the Papal States – territories that once came under the direct control of the Pope. It is a walled city with six gates and consists of the Vatican Palace, the Papal Gardens, St Peter’s Square, and St Peter’s Basilica as well as museums, a library, and about a thousand rooms and offices.
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The state has its own police, newspaper,
telephone and telegraph services, coinage, stamps, radio station and railway
station. The radio station, “Radio Vaticana,” broadcasts a service
in 34 languages from transmitters within the Vatican City.
It’s outstanding museums have collections of
antiquities and works by Italian masters, and the Vatican Library’s collection
of ancient manuscripts is priceless.
The Pope exercises sovereignty and has
absolute legislative, executive, and judicial powers.
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