10 Shocking Facts You Never Knew About The Vatican

The Pope probably comes to mind when you think about Vatican City, it is home to the papal seat and ruled by the Bishop of Rome. And Rome probably comes to mind as well since Vatican City is actually a walled enclave inside of Rome. What may surprise you is that Vatican City is an independent state — the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world. That’s only the start. There’s many more surprises about this tiny city that you probably don’t know. Here are 10 facts that will surely shock you about Vatican City!

Holy Foreskin

If you’ve ever wondered where the rings of Saturn come from, a treatise written by a Vatican librarian in the late 1600s may explain it. The treatise, entitled De Praeputio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Diatriba (A Discussion of the Foreskin of Our Lord Jesus Christ), states that Jesus’ foreskin transcended the body and became the rings of Saturn. Yep.

Hot Priests Calendar

It may not seem appropriate, but photographer Piero Pazzi puts together a yearly calendar of all the “hot priests” he’s photographed. And for 10 euros, you can buy one of these at various gift stands near Vatican City. Not sure if that breaks one of the commandments, but your eyes won’t mind while you do!

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