Vatican City is the smallest country in the world with an area of 0.17 square miles. Popes have traditionally resided within Vatican City in the Apostolic Palace.
Within Vatican City, there are 11 Vatican museums which include the Vatican Gardens and the restored Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo. Vatican City was built over the tomb of Saint Peter, and it is the sovereign territory of the Holy See. Vatican City is so small that there is not a single street address within the country. This country is located in Rome, Italy, and is heavily guarded by the Swiss Guard, which is the smallest and oldest regular army in the world.Learn More
To get driving directions on MapQuest, visit MapQuest.com and enter the starting address and ending address into the text boxes. Click "Get directions," and the driving directions appear in a numbered list.Full Answer >
The United States borders Mexico to the north, and Belize and Guatemala border Mexico to the south. The border between Mexico and the United States is 1,952 miles long. The border between Mexico and Belize is 156 miles long, and the Guatemala-Mexico border is 541 miles long.Full Answer >
The continents were fit together in what is called the Pangaea configuration some 200 to 270 million years ago. They separated gradually because of the movement of the Earth's tectonic plates. As of 2014, they are expected to form another such configuration in 250 million years.Full Answer >
When the North Star (Polaris) appears 5 degrees above the horizon, it means that the observer is 5 degrees latitude north of the equator. Polaris is as many degrees above the northern horizon as the observer's latitude above the equator; at the North Pole (90 N), it is directly overhead.Full Answer >