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Used for the official Vatican / Holy See site
.va is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the State of the Vatican City. The domain has been delegated to the Internet Office of the Holy See as the administrative and technical contacts. The Holy See Secretariat officially sponsors the domain. The Vatican has not made any top level or second level domains under the .va domain available to the public or anyone outside of the Vatican's administration.
To obtain a .va domain, you are required to run an organisation that is registered by Vatican's authority. The domain name chosen must also represent the organisation's name.
The .va domain is mainly used by the Vatican for the official Holy See website (http://www.vatican.vai).
Websites using the .va domain mostly point to either the official Vatican website or the Vatican Museum website. The following are some easily found examples:
Two other important .va domains link to the Vatican archives and the Vatican Library:
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There are 23 easily found names starting with "www" in the va zone, listed below. There are many more subdomains for email only"www" names with websitesVatican Main Website is pointed to by all these names:www.vawww.vatican.vawww.cappellasistina.vawww.chapellesixtine.vawww.capillasixtina.vawww.sistinechapel.vawww.sixtinischekapelle.vawww.pcf.vawww.test23111973.vaVatican State Governmentwww.vaticansate.vaLanding page for the Vatican newspaperwww.osservatoreromano.vaPaenitentiaria Apostolicawww.paenitentiaria.vawww.penitenzieria.vaPontifical Mission Societieswww.ppoomm.vaNo Response from these siteswww.mlists.va (but see mlists.vatican.va below)www.pasquini.vaLogin page for Observatory (ComunitÈá di Practica de l'Observatore Romano)www.cdp.osservatoreromano.vawww.cdp.ossrom.vaPhoto Ordering Sitewww.photo.va"Portale Catholica Di Test Accesso ai servizi intranet" - Java driven portal of sortswww.catholica.vaExtranet, note SSL certificate expired 28th June 2007. Stats available but username/password required and links have to be rewritten from http to httpswww.extranet.vaNon-"www" names with websites:Main Vatican Websitebenedettoxvi.vabenedictumxvi.vasistinechapel.vamv.vatican.vasearch.vatican.vaseraphin.vatican.vaVatican Archivesasv.vatican.vaMailing Lists (Mailman)mlists.vatican.vaVatican Librarybav.vatican.va"Compendium" (Username/Password required)isidoro.vatican.vaVatican Webmail (not: SSL issued by same CA as for www.photo.va with CN of "Luigi Salimbeni") (Username/Password required)webmail.mailservice.vaSecond-level domains are not available to the public.
Name and email servers within the .va namespace include john.vatican.va (DNS and email), michael.vatican.va (DNS), paul.vatican.va (email), lists.vatican.va (email), and vatiradio.va (email).
Strangely enough, some offsite secondary DNS servers used by the Vatican are named after Egyptian gods, like:seth.namex.it.osiris.namex.it.
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