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CIA World Factbook Photos, 13: Austria, The Holy See, Italy

Posted by Laurie Frost on March 25, 2010

There are no photos at all or just a few for lots of nations in the CIA World Factbook online. Such is not the case with the European nations. Instead, there are dozens of public domain images, so keep that in mind. What you see here is just a sampling.


Hohensalzburg Castle,  Salzburg, one of the largest medieval castles in Europe, began its history as a wooden fortress in 1077.

 Michaelertrakt (Michael’s Wing),  Hofburg (Imperial Palace), Vienna.

The Karlskirche (St. Charles Borromeo Church), Vienna, built between 1716 and 1737, combines stylistic elements from the Pantheon and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the Hagia Sofia in Constantinople, the Dome des Invalides in Paris, and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Austrian Alps.

The Rathaus (City Hall), Vienna.


Holy See (Vatican City)

The independent state of  The Holy See (State of the Vatican City) was established in 1929 by means of three treaties with Italy. Just .44 sq km in area, it is the smallest of the 249 countries of the world recognized by the US Government.

View of St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican as seen from the top of St. Peter’s Basilica. Some of the statues seen from the rear in the top picture are shown from the front below.


Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute (Basilica of St. Mary of Health) in Venice.


Gondolas and Rialto Bridge,  Grand Canal, Venice.

The Bridge of Sighs, Venice, so named by the Romantic poet Lord Byron because it connects the old prisons with the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace.

 San Pietro, Val Gardena  in the Dolomites.

Malcesine on the eastern shore of Lago di Garda, Italy’s largest lake.

Sunset in the Dolomites.

What is commonly known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa is the bell tower of Pisa’s duomo (cathedral), shown below.

The Colosseum, Rome.

The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill; the Arch of Septimius Severus [foreground],  Rome.

Vernazza, Italian Riviera.


Positano on the Amalfi coast.

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