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TLD type Country code top-level domain
Registry Internet Office of the Holy See
Sponsor Holy See Secretariat of State
Intended useEntities connected with Flag of the Vatican City.svg   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 website www.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]



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]


Second-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).


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:

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  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.