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.va
Introduced11 September 1995
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
StatusActive
RegistryInternet Office of the Holy See
SponsorHoly See Secretariat of State
Intended useEntities connected with   Vatican City
Actual useUsed for the official Vatican / Holy See site
Registration restrictionsNo public registrations are available
StructureOnly official sites of the Vatican are in this domain; they are at second-level names, as well as within vatican.va
Dispute policiesNone needed since registrations are unavailable outside Vatican administration
Registry websitewww.vatican.va

.va is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the State of the Vatican City.[1] It is administered by the Internet Office of the Holy See.[2]

Background

The .va top-level domain was created in 1995[3] by the Archbishop John Patrick Foley of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.[4] The website Vatican.va went live on Christmas day of 1995.[5]

Description

Second-level domains are not available to the public.[citation needed]

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).[citation needed]

Websites

There are 23 easily found names starting with "www" in the va zone, listed below. There are many more subdomains for email only[6]

"www" names with websites

Non-"www" names with websites:

See also

References

  1. ^ "Delegation Record for .VA". Internet Assigned Numbers Authority. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  2. ^ "The Vatican Internet Service". www.lasalette.org. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  3. ^ "Vatican opposes faith-based Web addresses". Religion News Service. 2009-03-07. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  4. ^ "Cardinal John Patrick Foley dies at the age of 76". Catholic Philly. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  5. ^ "Pope John Paul II Brings the Vatican Online". dummies. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  6. ^ "VA Zone File". Robert Baskerville's ccTLD analysis data. 2007-12-28. Archived from the original on 19 January 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-28.