Italy and Its Popular Landmark

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Italy is known for its popular landmarks. Many people know the infamous story of Pompeii, the village that was covered in volcanic ash. That ash preserved the building and bodies and now is a popular tourist sight. Another popular point of interest is the Colosseum. The Colosseum was used to execute the Roman prisoners in front of a audience cheering for their death. These ruins date back to 70 A.D. and still stand today. It is also popular for its manufacturers of sports cars. Some big names are Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, and Lamborghini.
Italy is also high on sports. Soccer is one of the main sports that many people play. On Saturdays and Sundays thousands of people pay to watch the game in person. Italy has one of the most successful soccer teams in Europe with 27 trophies. Italy is also one of the best basketball countries in Europe. Reggie Jackson, a Oklahoma City Thunder point guard, has come from Italy. Along with those sports, volleyball, cycling, and water polo are also popular.
Among the Colosseum and Pompeii there are many popular tourist sights. Just as popular are the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Venice. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is leaning because it was built on soft ground that couldn't support the weight. It has been leaning since construction which is over 840 years ago. It leans over 16 feet now. Experts say that it will lean for 200 more years. Also you can view Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, The Last Supper, which depicts how Jesus' last supper would have looked like. Another popular tourist site is the Pantheon in Greece. Translated from Greek, Pantheon means "honor of all gods". No one knows how old the Pantheon is, but it is known that it was made for Romulus, the mythological founder of Rome. One of the mos...

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...ite represents faith, and the red represents charity. Another meaning that some suggests is the green is for mountains, white is for mountains, and the red is for the wars for their independence”.(Spiegel)
The main religion of Italy is Roman Catholic. About 90 percent of the population is Catholic. Only about 30 percent go to church every week. The Vatican is the home of the government of the Roman Catholic Church and of the Pope, the spiritual leader of the world’s Roman Catholics(Just Landed). The Vatican also has a peacekeeping force called the Swiss Guard. Saint Peter's Basilica is one of the greatest churches in the world. It was designed by Michelangelo. It took 109 years to build and is currently the larger dome in the world. The church is 448.1 feet tall from the floor to the top of the cross on top of the dome.
Italy is home to many famous painters.

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