Here are some more pictures of Vatican City and inside the Vatican, including the Madonna. It was hard to take a photo of the Madonna, because the glass barrier is thick and there are a million people attempting to get the same photo. I posted the best photo I managed to get.
Vatican City is the smallest country in the world.
Vatican City is its own city inside of Rome, Italy. Hopefully the pictures give you an idea of how massive the place is and why it has its own zip code, it is roughly 100 acres. Technically, it is its own tiny country, even though when I was there it certainly didn’t seem like a separate country. Vatican City is governed as an absolute monarchy with the pope at its head. (I had no idea!!)
The Vatican mints its own Euros, prints its own stamps, has its own post office, issues passports and license plates, operates media outlets and has its own flag and anthem.
As I looked all around I just kept thinking to myself, imagine what they would have built up around Jesus if they had had his body to build a monument over.