6 Fun Facts that You May Not Know About Vatican 六個你可能不知道的梵蒂岡小知識


Vatican is commonly known as a tiny region but there are lots of interesting facts about this place that you should know more than just one simple fact. Read on and let them surprise you!


大家都知道梵蒂岡是一個很小的國家,但是你可能不知道那裡有很多不僅是大家都知道的基本事實、而是有趣的「大」知識,說不定你能在這文章找到讓你驚喜的事情喔。


1. The Smallest Country in the World is Vatican City

Everyone knows Vatican City is the smallest country on earth, but you may not know that this independent city-state is only 1/8 the size of the Central Park in New York. This country has its own flag and national anthem, issues their own passports and prints its own postal and collection stamps just like any other countries.


1. 全世界最小的國家是梵蒂岡

大家都知道梵蒂岡是世界上最小的國家,可是你知道這獨立的城市只有紐約的中央公園的八分之一嗎?這國家跟其他國家都一樣,有著自己的國旗、國歌和護照,也會打印和發行自己的郵票。


2. The Vatican Mail is Faster than the Italian Postal Service

Your postcard or parcel could arrive earlier if you had it sent from Vatican City than Rome. Their postal service is very popular among the locals and tourists. One of the main sources of their income is the postage and collection stamp sales. So make sure you buy some stamps before leaving the Vatican.


2. 梵蒂岡郵遞服務比意大利的快

如果你從梵蒂岡寄出明信片和包裹會比在羅馬寄出的快多了,而且這裡的郵政局很受大家的歡迎。他們其中一個主要的收入來源便是來自郵費和買賣紀念郵票,所以離開梵蒂岡之前,大家記得要多買點郵票喔!


3. No Citizens are Born in the Vatican

Citizenship of the state is not granted based on birth from a citizen and/or birth within the Vatican. Perhaps it is because there is no hospital in the area of the state but only located in Rome. Therefore, this state has citizen but no one is born in the country.


3. 沒有一個公民是在梵蒂岡出生的

這國家的公民身份並不基於父母的公民身份和/或梵蒂岡內的出生而授予,大概是因為這裡面並沒有醫院,而梵蒂岡的醫院是在羅馬裡面的。因此沒有一個梵蒂岡公民是在這國家裡面出生的。


4. The Official Language of Vatican is Latin

Although Vatican City is a country inside a country, their official language isn't Italian but Latin. Their ATMs are the only on in the world that work in Latin. Bring some cash with you if you can't read any Latin or you would just end up spending so much time on Google Translate, trying to figure out how it works.


4. 拉丁語是梵蒂岡的官方語言

雖然梵蒂岡是一個國中國,但是他們的官方語言並不是意大利語而是拉丁語。那裡的自動取款機是世界上唯一使用拉丁語的。如果你不會拉丁語的話,你還是乖乖地把足夠的現金準備好吧,不然你可能會花很多時間在 Google 翻譯上,不斷在研究要怎樣操作那取款機了。


5. Most Vatican citizens Do not Reside in the State

The majority of Vatican citizens live abroad, in Rome or other regions in Italy. Only 1/3 of residents like cardinals, members of the Swiss Guard, clergy and nun live within the Vatican. Therefore, most of them travel to work from another country every day.


5. 大部分的公民都不在梵蒂岡裡居住

很多梵蒂岡公民都住國外的,羅馬或是在意大利的其他地區。只有大約三分之一的公民,如紅衣主教,瑞士衛隊成員,神職人員和修女住在梵蒂岡境內。所以可以說是他們很多人每天都從國外回來上班的喔。


6. Vatican City Owns One of the World’s Largest Art Collections

Most world’s famous artwork such as painting on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, and other artwork like heritage status can be easily found in the Vatican Museum. This place is a home to more than 70,000 works. Basically, everything you see in their museums from your sight is a piece of art. Don’t miss out any details while you are there!


6. 梵蒂岡擁有世界最大的藝術收藏品之一

世界知名的藝術作品,如西斯廷教堂天花板上的油畫,另外還有不同的文物古蹟之類的其他藝術品都可在梵蒂岡博物館中輕鬆找到。這地方有著超過七萬件作品,基本上你看到的每一件東西,包括天花板都是藝術品,所以大家千萬不要錯過任何一個細節喔。


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