History

Hey fellow adventurers! It’s time to go over the history of the Vatican City! Vatican City wasn’t a country until 1929, but since Vatican City is the country of the Catholic Church, it has a long history. For a long time, the Popes traditionally held power over regional territories known as the Papal States. This lasted until 1870 when the unified Italian government claimed virtually all of the land outside of the city walls. However, the Catholic Church refused to acknowledge the Italian government until 1929 when Benito Mussolini signed a pact on behalf of King Victor Emmanuel III that established Vatican City as a sovereign entity distinct from the Holy See. It also granted the church $92 million as compensation for the loss of the Papal States. Today, Vatican City remains a very important place to Catholics around the world, as well as a popular tourist destination for art lovers and those curious about the pope.

You can read more about the history of Vatican City here:

http://historycooperative.org/the-vatican-city-history-in-the-making/

or here:

http://www.history.com/topics/vatican-city

You can also check out this documentary if you have the time. I highly recommend it. You get to see areas of Vatican City that are off limits to normal tourists.

 

Well that’s all for today’s post! Thank you so much for reading my blog! And as always, until our next adventure!

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