Dark secrets of the secret Vatican archive
• The dark secrets of the secret Vatican archive
Vatican Secret Archives for centuries a source of myths and legends. The secret archives of the Vatican, which since the end of the XIX century gradually wraps off, kept a huge collection of priceless manuscripts - the power of the evidence of the Holy See ...
Here you can find manuscripts, covering the most high-profile trial of the Inquisition, documents remaining from the time of the Crusades, manuscripts of famous thinkers and scientists.
The archive was isolated from the Vatican Library in 1610 by Pope Paul V and has since become the largest repository of the mysteries of the world. The total length of the racks, divided into 650 sections, is 85 kilometers - more than 35 thousand books and documents.
"Here, everything - from the old Europe to Asia, from the discovery of America before the Second World War, no country has not escaped our attention." - says Sergio Pagano, the keeper of Vatican Secret Archives. Previously, access to these papers were only a select few scientists.
According to some sources, the archive includes the largest collection of occult literature in the world. However, the interest is mainly caused not tomes of mystical rituals and historical documents spanning 16 centuries of human history.
A page from the protocol of interrogation of Galileo Galilei with his signature, in 1638.
Suicide note of Marie Antoinette, written before his execution, 1793.
The sentence of the Inquisition imposed astronomer Giordano Bruno in 1600.
The Pope Clement VII received this letter from the British peers, informing him about the wedding of King Henry VII, Catherine of Aragon, in 1530.
Report of the trial of the Templars, 231 reading on 60 meters of parchment, 1311.
Letter of Pope Pius XI to Adolf Hitler in response to his letter, in which the German Chancellor hopes to strengthen ties with the Vatican in 1934.
Golden Bull of Pope Clement VII on the occasion of the coronation of French monarch Carlos V, in 1364.
Strikes latitude relations of the Holy See with important persons 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 thanked the Vatican for sending missionaries.
Purple parchment, embossed in gold, with a description of the gifts of the Holy Roman Emperor Otto I the church, 950 years.
Letter Caliph Pope Gregory VII of Morocco, in which he requests to appoint a new bishop in 1250.
A fragment of the last letter of the French queen Mary Stuart Pope Siksitu V, 1586.
Access to the archive for scholars opened in 1924. First declassified documents to the middle of the XIX century. Gradually the amount of available material build up, and now experts have the opportunity to study the documents relating to the period before 1939. A couple of years ago it was reported that the Vatican intends to declassify its archives from the Second World War.