The Vatican hides many dark secrets.
The secret archives of the Vatican for centuries is the source of myths and legends. In the secret archive of the Vatican, which since the late nineteenth century gradually declassified is a huge collection of priceless manuscripts is evidence of the power of the Holy see.
Here you can find manuscripts covering the most high-profile trial of the Inquisition, the documents remaining from the time of the Crusades, manuscripts of famous thinkers and scientists.
The archive was allocated from the library of the Vatican in the year 1610 under Pope Paul V and since is the largest repository of mysteries in the world. The total length of shelving, divided into 650 departments, is 85 kilometers — more than 35 thousand books and documents.
“Everything here — from old Europe to Asia, from the discovery of America until the Second world war. No country has not escaped our attention,” says Sergio Pagano, curator of the Vatican secret archives. Previously access to these papers were only selected scientists.
According to some, the archive houses the largest collection of occult literature in the world. However, of interest mainly cause no tomes about mystical rituals, and historical documents covering 16 centuries of human history.
Page from record of interrogation of Galileo Galilei with his signature, 1638.
Suicide note Marie Antoinette, written before his execution, 1793.
The verdict of the Inquisition against astronomer Giordano Bruno, in 1600.
Pope Clement VII received this letter from the English peers, notifying him about the wedding of king Henry VII to Catherine of Aragon, 1530.
Report on the trial of the Templars, 231 indication of 60 meters of parchment, 1311 year.
Letter of Pope Pius XI, Adolf Hitler in response to his message, in which the Chancellor of Germany expressed the hope to strengthen ties with the Vatican in 1934.
The Golden Bulla of Pope Clement VII for the coronation of the French monarch Charles V, 1364.
Striking in the breadth of the relations of the Holy see with the important personages from around the world. In the archive, for example, kept the letter of the leader of the canadian ojibwa tribe in 1887, in which he thanks the Vatican for sending a missionary.
Purple parchment, embossed with gold, with a description of the gifts of the Holy Roman Emperor Otto I of the Church, 950 a year.
Letter of the Caliph of Morocco, Pope Gregory VII, in which he requests to appoint a new Bishop in 1250.
A fragment of the last letter of Mary Queen of Scots to Pope Sixity V, 1586.
Access to the archives for scholars, opened in 1924. First, declassified documents until the mid-nineteenth century. Gradually, the volume of available materials grows, and now specialists have the opportunity to study documents relating to the period up to 1939. A couple of years ago it was reported that the Vatican intends to declassify its archives during the Second world war.
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