Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Vatican Island in Greece

The Ionian Islands have been under foreign rule for centuries, being under Venetian, French, British rule, whist being under Italian rule during WW II. However, despite all the islands being transferred to Greece (1864) one very small island was left out of the transfer, i.e. St. Nicholas Island, right next to Zakynthos, on the north side of the island, in front of the St. Nicholas Bay. 

The only man made structure on the small island are the ruins of an old Church of St. Nicholas. This situation means that the small island, of the coast of Zakynthos is territory of the Vatican. Therefore, the Vatican also has an island in the Ionian Sea. Nevertheless, Greek fishermen do stop on the island, not creating any diplomatic issues between the two states.  

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