Papal States

Papal States

noun
the areas comprising a large district in central Italy ruled as a temporal domain by the popes from a.d. 755 until the greater part of it was annexed in 1860, by Victor Emmanuel II: the remaining part, Rome and its environs, was absorbed into the kingdom of Italy in 1870.
Also called States of the Church.
Compare Vatican City.
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Papal States
 
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Also called: States of the Church the temporal domain of the popes in central Italy from 756 ad until the unification of Italy in 1870

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