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Fascinating Facts about the Vatican

The Vatican is one of the most captivating places on earth. Every nook and cranny is rife with history, and even if one visits the marvels of the Vatican again and again, there is always something new to discover. Read on and be surprised!


The Vatican has an observatory, and it owns a telescope in Arizona.

The Vatican Observatory can be found at Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s summer residence. In 1981, when pollution started marring the observatory’s view of the night skies, it opened another research center in Tucson, Arizona, where it built the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope in 1993.


The Holy See and the Vatican are different from each other.

Many of us think that they are one and the same, but the Holy See is the central governing body of the whole Roman Catholic Church and is situated in the Vatican City. Vatican City, meanwhile, is the smallest country on earth, and houses the Holy See.


Michelangelo signed his name on the Pietà

One of the most popular works of art at St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pietà amazes hundreds of tourists every day. What not a lot of them know is its creator, Michelangelo, actually signed the statue. One story says that after hearing chatter of disbelief over how he, a young artist, could make such wondrous art, Michelangelo stole into the Vatican and scraped his name on the Virgin Mary’s sash. This makes the Pietà the only piece of art that Michelangelo has ever signed!



Text By Stephanie Jesena-Novero.

Discover more little known facts about the Vatican in the March 2019 issue of My Pope Philippines.

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