Vatican City is governed as an absolute monarchy with the Pope at its head. The highest state functionaries are all Catholic clergy of various national origins.
Within Vatican City are religious and cultural sites such as St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. They feature some of the world's most famous paintings and sculptures. The unique economy of Vatican City is supported financially by the sale of postage stamps and tourist mementos, fees for admission to museums, and the sale of publications.
|View of St. Peter's Square from the top of Michelangelo's dome|
|Pontifical Swiss Guards in their traditional uniform|