What is the capital of Holy See?
|Country Name||Holy See (Vatican City)|
|Full Country Name||The Holy See (Vatican City State)|
|Local - Long||La Santa Sede (Stato della Citta del Vaticano)|
|Local - Short||Santa Sede (Citta del Vaticano)|
|Etymology- history of name||"holy" comes from the Greek word "hera" meaning "sacred"; "see" comes from the Latin word "sedes" meaning "seat," and refers to the episcopal chair; the term "Vatican" derives from the hill Mons Vaticanus on which the Vatican is located and which comes from the Latin "vaticinari" (to prophecy), referring to the fortune tellers and soothsayers who frequented the area in Roman times|
|Government Type||ecclesiastical elective monarchy; self described as an "absolute monarchy"|
|Capital Name||Vatican City|
|Capital - geographic coordinate||41 54 N, 12 27 E|
|Capital Time Difference||UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)|
|Daylight Savings Time||+1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October|
|Independence||11 February 1929; note - the three treaties signed with Italy on 11 February 1929 acknowledged, among other things, the full sovereignty of the Holy See and established its territorial extent; however, the origin of the Papal States, which over centuries varied considerably in extent, may be traced back to A.D. 754|
|National Holiday||Election Day of Pope FRANCIS, 13 March (2013)|
history: previous 1929, 1963; latest adopted 26 November 2000, effective 22 February 2001 (Fundamental Law of Vatican City State); note - in October 2013, Pope Francis instituted a 9-member Council of Cardinal Advisors to reform the administrative apparatus of the Holy See (Roman Curia) to include writing a new constitution
amendments: note - although the Fundamental Law of Vatican City State makes no mention of amendments, Article Four (drafting laws), states that this legislative responsibility resides with the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State; draft legislation is submitted through the Secretariat of State and considered by the pope
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