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Vatican City

The Vatican City, one of the most sacred places in Christendom, attests to a great history and a formidable spiritual venture. A unique collection of artistic and architectural masterpieces lie within the boundaries of this small state. At its centre is St Peter’s Basilica, with its double colonnade and a circular piazza in front and bordered by palaces and gardens. The basilica, erected over the tomb of St Peter the Apostle, is the largest religious building in the world, the fruit of the combined genius of Bramante, Raphael, Michelangelo, Bernini and Maderno.

Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site

iTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius. All
iiTo exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design. All
ivTo be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history. All
viTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria). All



World Heritage Sites Brutalisms Atlas Obscuras Audio Guides News
Mausoleum of Augustus 20201.6kmsite_ao
Mercatus Traiani (Trajan’s Market) 20202.5kmsite_ao
Pons Fabricius 20202.1kmsite_ao
Arch of Janus 20202.5kmsite_ao
Temple of Hercules Victor 20202.4kmsite_ao
Il Tempio di Adriano (Temple of Hadrian) 20201.8kmsite_ao
Temple of Portunus 20202.4kmsite_ao
Tarpeian Rock 20202.4kmsite_ao
Pons Aemilius 20202.3kmsite_ao
Vicus Caprarius 20202.2kmsite_ao
Rome, Campanile walk 2 en 2.1kmsite_izi
Piè di Marmo (Marble Foot) 20201.9kmsite_ao
Madama Lucrezia 20202.1kmsite_ao
The Globe of the Vatican Obelisk 20202.3kmsite_ao
Rome, Campanile walk 1 en 1.9kmsite_izi
Urbirun Rome – Trastevere en fr 2.5kmsite_izi
In Rome, do as the Romans do! en fr it ru 20140.7kmsite_izi
The Flying Donkey 20201.1kmsite_ao
Porto di Ripetta 20201.5kmsite_ao
Chiesa di San Francesco a Ripa Grande (Church of San Francesco a Ripa) 20202.3kmsite_ao
Mirabilia Gallery 20192.6kmsite_ao
Sant’Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso 20191.7kmsite_ao
Passetto del Biscione 20191.5kmsite_ao
Arch of the Argentarii 20192.5kmsite_ao
Il Facchino 20192kmsite_ao
Buca Dello Spione 20191.6kmsite_ao
Santa Maria sopra Minerva Flood Markers 20191.8kmsite_ao
Durandal’s Mark 20191.7kmsite_ao
Basilica of San Crisogono 20192kmsite_ao
Il Facchino 20192kmsite_ao
‘Il Babuino’ (‘The Baboon’) 20191.9kmsite_ao
Museo Storico Nazionale Dell’ Arte Sanitaria 20190.5kmsite_ao
Elephant and Obelisk 20191.7kmsite_ao
Vatican City Walls 20190.1kmsite_ao
Villa Doria Pamphili Park 20181.7kmsite_ao
Vatican Mosaic Studio 20180.3kmsite_ao
Mussolini’s Balcony 20182kmsite_ao
Parish Church of Santa Maria del Popolo 20171.9kmsite_ao
Rome’s Hidden Art Nouveau Courtyard 20182.1kmsite_ao
Saint Catherine Russian Orthodox Church 20170.8kmsite_ao
The Wax-Encased Remains of Blessed Anna Maria Taigi 20172kmsite_ao
Stumbling Stones of Rome 20182.2kmsite_ao
The ‘Greatest Sewer’ of Ancient Rome 20172.4kmsite_ao
Uffici Giudiziari 19581.7kmsite_brutalism

About the source: UNESCO

Within UNESCO's broad remit, this specialised agency of the UN works towards international cooperation agreements to secure the world's cultural and natural heritage, designating venues of exceptional value as World Heritage Sites.

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