Vatican city is a sovereign state within the city of Rome.  It became a state in 1929.  Its size is only 110 acres, the smallest country in world.  It’s the size of a typical small residential ranch in Texas.

And I tell you, you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.   Matthew 16:18

Vatican City mapVatican Obelisk


There are two security forces that protect the Vatican City State;

Gendarmeria Vatican police

The Corps of Gendarmerie of Vatican City handles border control and criminal investigations.

Pontifical Swiss Guards

And the Swiss Guard, trained in Switzerland, is the personal security force of the Pope.

pope and cardinals

Vatican St Peter Square

vatican overlooking rome


grounds behind St. Peters Basilica

Vatican governing palace

Fort saint Angelofort st angelo walkwaypassetto to fortItaly 1796Coat of arms Vatican City

Flag of Vatican Cityvatican train stationHeliport Vatican City