101 Surprising Facts About St. Peter's and the Vatican

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  • 101 Surprising Facts About St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican
  • Uncovers the secrets and surprising facts about the Vatican City and its famous church
  • A fun and interesting way to learn about the Vatican
  • Featuring detailed photographs that bring the Vatican to life

The Vatican, comprised of the Apostolic Palace, St. Peter's Basilica, and various other buildings, serves as the headquarters of the Catholic Church. Thousands of Catholics flock to the Vatican and its iconic basilica each year. 

But what do you really know about this great basilica and the city that houses it?

  • Do you know where Pope Francis actually lives?
  • Do you know which pope was the first non-Italian pope since 1523 AD?
  • Did you know there were 265 popes before Pope Francis? (St. Peter being the first)

With beautiful and vivid images of St. Peter's and the Vatican, this is a great way to learn about this wonderful place.

Keep it on your coffee-table,  flip through it in the car while you wait to pick up the for kids, or have it on your nightstand for easy reading before bed. It's very informative and a great addition to any Catholic home.

  • 8½ x 11 inches

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  • 5 Jan 26th 2018
    101 Surprising Facts about St. Peter and the Vatican

    The pictures are beautiful and there is just enough information to encourage further research. I will be giving them to my granddaughters for their enjoyment.


  • 5 Jan 25th 2018
    101 Surprising facts about the Vatican

    Very interesting book and like the title says very surprising.


  • 5 Feb 10th 2017
    Excellent book

    Well written, beautifully illustrated and a delight to read.


  • 5 Jul 18th 2016
    Beautiful & Informative

    Such a neat book. Showing all of the places in Vatican City, all the beautiful art and architecture dedicated to God. Love this book.

    Dorothea Stratton

  • 5 Jul 6th 2016
    101 Surprising Facts about the Vatican

    The book is beautiful and is like being back in Italy all over again. We were lucky enough to travel to Italy in April and to be able to see the pictures of the places we saw with our tour guide was just wonderful, not to mention all the little tid bits of information is truly amazing.

    Kathy Tellier

  • 5 Jul 10th 2015
    Fun Facts about the Church

    My 14 year old nephew received this book for his birthday. He read the whole book that day. It has a lot of great information about the Catholic Church that we didn't ever know. Thank you for presenting it in a way that even young kids can enjoy. Great way to present our faith to that generation.


  • 5 Jun 19th 2015
    101 Surprising Facts re the Vatican

    I have been browsing through this book and am amazed by some facts I did not know. The pictures are excellent. I have really enjoyed this book and the family has enjoyed thumbing through it. Thank you for recommending this book.

    Dottie Garcia

  • 5 Jun 19th 2015
    About St. Peter's and the Vatican

    Bought two so that I could gift one of them. Beautiful photos and explanation of the papacy and St. Peter's. Reviewing the book brought back fond memories of my trip to Rome. This will also be something I share with my catechism students; especially the list of the popes from St. Peter to the current Pope Francis.

    Theresa Jedziniak

  • 5 Jun 18th 2015
    Revelations & Beautiful Pictures

    I love this book! It has so many interesting unknown facts & pictures that I never knew. Also, the pictures are so revealing,too!

    Shelley Rohrig

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