BETWEEN GRANDIOSITY AND INVISIBILITY
It's so famous, well known, beautiful to see, misterious to think, hard to exactly discover.
I'm talking about the Vatican City, and want to tell something about it just passing through numbers, because too many poeple before me used words.
– 800 people: population
– 44 hectares (23 covered by gardens)
This makes Vatican City the smallest independent state in the world by both area and population.
– 500 years ago Vatican Museums Born by discovering the sculpture of Laocoön. Pope Julius II sent Giuliano da Sangallo and Michelangelo Buonarroti, who were working at the Vatican, to examine the discovery. On their recommendation, the pope immediately purchased the sculpture from the vineyard owner.
The pope put the sculpture of Laocoön and his sons in the grips of a sea serpent on public display at the Vatican exactly one month after its discovery. Now the Vatican Museums are among the greatest museums in the world, since they display works from the immense collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church throughout the centuries.
– 84 km and 35,000 volumes: Vatican Secret Archives
… So may be 50% of this small, incredible place is inaccessible.
But you have another 50% to visit that will surely take you a lot of time!