List of Vatican City-related topics

The following outline is provided as an overview of and introduction to Vatican City:

Vatican Cityecclesiastical or sacerdotal-monarchical[1] state, being the sovereign territory of the Holy See and ruled by the Bishop of Rome—the Pope, the worldwide leader of the Catholic Church. The territory of this landlocked sovereign city-state consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome, Italy. It has an area of approximately 44 hectares (110 acres), and a population of just over 800.[2][3] This makes Vatican City the smallest independent state in the world by both area and population.

General reference

Geography of Vatican City

Location of Vatican City

Environment of Vatican City

Vatican Museums can be seen to the right).

Natural geographic features of Vatican City

Vatican City is an enclave in an urban area, and lacks the geographic features common to (much larger) countries:

Regions of Vatican City

  • None
  • Vatican City is inside Rome, which in turn lies within the Lazio region of Italy.
  • Vatican City lies next to the Borgo district in Rome.

Ecoregions of Vatican City

  • None

Administrative divisions of Vatican City

Demography of Vatican City

Government and politics of Vatican City

Branches of the government of Vatican City

Executive branch of the government of Vatican City

Legislative branch of the government of Vatican City

Judicial branch of the government of Vatican City

  • Absolute judicial authority: Pope, Pope, currently Pope Francis
    • Supreme Court of Vatican City (Corte di Cassazione)
      • The Cardinal Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura serves ex officio as the President of the Supreme Court of Vatican City (Corte di Cassazione). The two other members of the Supreme Court are also Cardinals of the Apostolic Signatura and are chosen by the Cardinal Prefect on a yearly basis.[5]
    • Appellate Court of Vatican City
    • Tribunal of Vatican City State
    • Most crimes are prosecuted by and handled in the courts of the Republic of Italy, at the Vatican's expense, by agreement between the Vatican and the Italian government (in accordance with Article 22 of the 1929 Lateran Treaty between the Holy See and Italy).[6]

Foreign relations of Vatican City

International organization membership

The State of the Vatican City is a member of:[7]

Law and order in Vatican City

Main article: Law of Vatican City State

Military of Vatican City

Main article: Military of Vatican City

Local government in Vatican City

  • Being a city-state, the government of Vatican City is also the local government.

History of Vatican City

Main article: History of Vatican City

Culture of Vatican City

Art in Vatican City

On the last Sunday of each month, the Vatican Museum is open to the public for free. This is extremely popular and it is common to wait in line for many hours. This image is a panoramic view of one small stretch of the entire queue in April 2007, which continues for some distance in both directions beyond view. In the background is the Vatican City's wall.

Sports in Vatican City

Economy and infrastructure of Vatican City

Education in Vatican City

See also

Main article: Vatican City


Sister projects

  • Vatican City State—official website
  • Chief of State and Cabinet Members
  • DMOZ
  • History of Vatican City: Primary Documents
  • Agreement Between the Italian Republic and the Holy See, 18 February 1984
  • Map of Vatican City
  • The Vatican as a Free Society by Carlo Lottieri
  • Walls of Rome

Atlas of Vatican City

  • World Heritage Site
  • Vatican City Live Webcam
  • Geographic data related to OpenStreetMap

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