Secrets of the Vatican Archives

The Guardian – The 85 km of shelving in the Vatican’s Secret Archives holds manuscripts and publications accumulated over more than 800 years. The Guardian has provided a picture gallery showing some of the rarest treasures on the pope’s private bookshelves.

(Above: The term ‘secretum’ has been used since the 15th century for people or institutions close to the authorities who could be trusted. The Vatican’s secret archives, the ‘bibiloteca secreta’, are the personal, or private archives of the pope)


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