Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura

Brief description

Founded, according to legend, by Romulus and Remus in 753 BC, Rome was first the centre of the Roman Republic, then of the Roman Empire, and it became the capital of the Christian world in the 4th century. The World Heritage site, extended in 1990 to the walls of Urban VIII, includes some of the major monuments of antiquity such as the Forums, the Mausoleum of Augustus, the Mausoleum of Hadrian, the Pantheon, Trajan’s Column and the Column of Marcus Aurelius, as well as the religious and public buildings of papal Rome.

Unesco WHS list ref:  91

I have visited this site several times. One evening, I went to a reception on a rooftop terrace, with wonderful views over the forum.

4060612295_f6374b98f1_z

From my collection

italy-rome-colosseum

Cards to swap

Lots of cards available from this site – more scans will be added later.

rome-colosseum1-italy

Rome 1

rome-colosseum2-italyRome 2

rome-isola-tiberina1-italyRome 3

Vatican City

Brief description

The Vatican City is one of the most sacred places in Christendom. 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.

Unesco WHS list ref:  286

I have visited this site a couple of times – most memorably shortly after the death of Pope John Paul II, when it was absolutely packed.

From my collection

vatican-city

Cards to swap

rome-st-peters1-italy

St Peters 1

rome-st-peters2-italySt Peters 2

rome-sistine1-vatican-italySistine chapel