The Vatican

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A visually stunning and uniquely informative insider's view to the great treasures and daily life in the Holy City, The Vatican is a unique behind-the-scenes look at the world's smallest nation and the spiritual center of the Catholic Church.

Written by an accomplished church historian and produced with the full cooperation of the Vatican, this beautifully illustrated guide delves into the 2,000-year-long history of the Vatican. It discusses papal influence, daily life and ...

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Overview

A visually stunning and uniquely informative insider's view to the great treasures and daily life in the Holy City, The Vatican is a unique behind-the-scenes look at the world's smallest nation and the spiritual center of the Catholic Church.

Written by an accomplished church historian and produced with the full cooperation of the Vatican, this beautifully illustrated guide delves into the 2,000-year-long history of the Vatican. It discusses papal influence, daily life and governance of the world's largest religious body, and the art collections and other priceless treasures rarely seen by the public.

Updated to include Pope Francis, the 266th pope of the Catholic Church.

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The Vatican is the world's smallest nation, but don't let its 0.17-square-mile size fool you. Within its protective medieval walls are not only a world famous cathedral and chapels but also art-crammed museums, extensive archives, a bank, a supermarket, a railroad station, and a heliport. Even frequent visitors to St. Peter's Basilica and Square catch only fleeting glimpses of life in the Holy See. In this lavish coffee-table hardcover, Vatican insider and church historian Father Michael Collins uses his rare combination of credentials to lead readers on a fascinating, detailed tour of the Holy See at work and worship. His guided tour takes us into every dimension of Vatican life: the history, the architecture, the holy seasons, the people, the daily life, and the religious, artistic, and archaeological treasures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781465419200
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/17/2014
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 368,819
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Father Michael Collins was ordained into the Catholic Church in 1985 and holds a doctorate in the early history of the Church from the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology in Rome. He is the author of The Fisherman's Net, Pope Benedict XVI, and the co-author of DK's The Story of Christianity.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

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    Nice Keepsake

    Beautiful pictures found in this book. I went to Italy and The Vatican City a few years ago and found this book recently and picked it up, and it is a beautiful reminder of my trip. It is full of history and information as well. I really enjoy flipping through this book and remembering my trip.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2008

    The Vatican is a wonderful book with phenomenal photos & descriptions

    The Vatican is a very comprehensive photo history of St Pauls Cathedral, Vatican City, the art collections and also has interviews with a member of the Swiss guard and a choir member. <BR/><BR/>Regardless if you are a Catholic or not, it is a wonderful book to browse as it contains phenomonal photos with great descriptions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2011

    Very interesting!

    This book is great for anyone who wants to learn more about the Vatican - the center of the Roman Catholic faith. This book has hundreds of beautiful and detailed pictures of everything in and around the Vatican. The book tells about the history of Rome, the Vatican, the popes, the Holy See, and much more. This book also tells you about the Vatican's calendar [Roman Catholic calendar] and what happens, the architecture of the Vatican, daily life in the Vatican, people in the Vatican, treasures of the Vatican, and more.

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  • Posted August 30, 2010

    Picture does not do justice to the book

    I bought this as a momento of our trip to Rome. This book is much more than just a picture book. It is not only enormously informative, it is a beautiful piece and would make a lovely gift. The picture does not do the cover justice - the gold portion of the cover has a gold on gold tapestry pattern and is actually a hardboard overlay above/below the picture on the cover (a three dimensional cover). It looks and feels like a very expensive book. Well worth the money.

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  • Posted December 13, 2009

    THE VATICAN

    I bought this book for my self having been to the Vatican and thought it would be a interesting addition to my library. I was truly blown away. Could hardly wait to get a second copy to give as a Christmas gift to my Priest. It has any and everything you ever wanted to know about the Vatican along with a brief history of it's noble beginnings. What a great find. Thank you Mr Collins for your research and hard work. It was well worth it.

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