The Vatican City is truly a mysterious place. If you’ve read any Da Vinci code or seen any of the movies, we’re sure you’re intrigued by this place. Read on and you’ll find some really SHOCKING facts about The Vatican City.
Popes have escaped through a secret passageway
In 1277, a long elevated passageway called the Passetto di Borgo, was constructed to connect the Vatican with the fortified Castel Sant’Angelo on the banks of the Tiber River. This served as an escape route for popes. In 1527, Pope Clement VII was saved due to this escape passage while Emperor Charles V rampaged through the city and murdered priests and nuns.
The Vatican sits atop a city of the dead
In 64 AD, a severe fire destroyed parts of Rome. Emperor Nero, wanting to shift the blame from himself, accused the Christians of starting the blaze. That is why he executed thousands of them by burning them at the stake, tearing them apart with the help of wild animals and crucifying them. Among those killed was St. Peter, disciple of Jesus Christ,. In the 4th century AD, Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire. He then built a basilica on top of the ancient burial ground which was believed to be the tomb of St. Peter.
The Vatican city is the only UNESCO world heritage country
Italy has more UNESCO world heritage sites than any other country in the world but The Vatican City is the only country that is a world heritage site itself. This small nation is full of artistic masterpieces from famous painters like Raphael and Michelangelo. No wonder it is a UNESCO favorite.
Love for wine
This one is really shocking. Did you know that Vatican residents consume 54.26 liters of wine every year, making it the highest wine consumption rate per capita in the entire world.
World’s highest crime rate
Thought a religious and sacred state would have a low crime rate? That’s not true for the Vatican City, as it has the highest crime rate on record. This is because the area is only prone to minor crimes, such as pickpocketing within a small place with a high density of people.
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