The Vatican Secret Archives
hidden to world
The Vatican is the world's smallest fully independent nation-state.
city has its own telephone system, post office, gardens, astronomical observatory, radio station, banking system, and pharmacy, as well as a contingent of Swiss Guards responsible for the personal safety of the pope.
The most interesting building is St. Peter's Basilica which was built during the 4th century and rebuilt in the 16th. It was built over the tomb of St. Peter the Apostle.
There is still monarchy in Vatican City though it is not hereditary and is ruled by whoever becomes the Bishop of Rome, that is the Pope who is elected.
The economy of the place is dependent on the printing industry, production of coins, postage stamps and financial activities. It is absolutely non-commercial and the economy is largely supported by the annual tax collected from the Roman Catholic dioceses all over the world. The sale of coins and postage stamps of Vatican City also earns it quite an amount of revenue. It is also a tourist place.
There is no agricultural activity in the state as such.
The literacy percentage is hundred percent and the languages spoken by the people of Vatican City are Latin, Italian, French and English.
The ethnic groups that reside in the state are Italians, Swiss and many other nationalities from all over the world. There is not one nationality from which people reside there.
The total land area of the state is approximately 0.44 square km and when compared in terms of land area it is only 0.7 times bigger than The Mall in Washington, DC.
It is a landlocked country and does not have a coastline.
There are no natural hazards to Vatican City
It is an urban area and the population of the place is approximately 932. The growth rate of population is approximately 1.15%.
The form of government there is ecclesiastical and there are no administrative divisions perse.
The living standard and income of a worker is not much below comparison to an Italian worker, in fact it is comparable.
There are not many roadways; most of them are only streets and lanes.
Railways can traverse a maximum of 0.86 km.
The flag of Vatican City has two bands of yellow, which are vertical and white, in the center of which are the crossed keys of Saint Peter and papal miter.
The head of the State lives in The Lateran Place where the Lateran Treaty was signed.
Much before Christianity arrived the place was considered sacred and people were not allowed to stay here.
It is a great cultural hub from earlier times and artists like Michelangelo, Boticelli and Bernini stayed here and enhanced the already rich culture of Vatican City. There are museums and libraries that are of great intellectual and historical importance.
Since it is a small state with a small population the crime rate is much higher than Italy and approximately 90% of the cases remain unsolved.
The transport and communication system of Vatican City is well developed.
There is a large library located in the Vatican City and this library has been named in latin: Archivum Secretum Vaticaun or as it is called in English The Vatican Secret Archives. We have been told that the word does not mean secrets are being kept from us, but only that what is being kept in these archives are the Pope's personal property.
Now, the Secret Archives have about 50 miles worth of shelving, and it has been estimated it could hold about 70 thousand pages, and 1 million books. The Secret Archives was formally established in 1475, but is much older then that.
The Vatican also has a public library called: Bibliotheca Apostolica Vatican or in English it is called Library Of The Holy See. It is rather a research library and can only be used by men who write to the Pope for permission to use it. Then present documents which represent who they are, and their qualifications for research. Then and only then can they enter the public library. When they enter the public library the only things they can bring with them are a pen and paper. Nothing else. They will be accompanied by two priests and two guards. They will stay with him for the entire time he is there and follow him out when he is finished.
For years people have been wondering what is hidden in the Secret Archives and why? That is a very good question because the Secret Archives are actually guarded by Swiss Guards. The doors are very heavy and locked. The Catholic Church has been under much criticism for keeping information away from the public, so now 100 documents are going to be put on display from February 2012 until September 2012. These documents will be at Rome's Capitoline Museume, people will be allowed to see the document but not touch it. The document will be in a shot proof case and heavily guarded.
This exhibition will be called: Lux In Arcana or The Vatican Secret Archives Revealed. The problem is however, it will only contain such documents as the last writing of Mary Queen of Scots before she was executed. It will contain similar writings, but nothing we have not already learned from what history has taught us.
There have been many theories as to what is hidden in the Secret Archives, some mundane and some not. These theories go from what I think is normal to what I think is crazy. The most widely held belief is that it holds books that have been banned from the bible. The theories then start to get stranger.
One theory is that Secret Archive has a time machine. The time machine is named Chronovisor and was built by a Benedictine Monk named Father Pellegrino. It was said he wanted to go back in time and film Christ's crucifixion.
There is another theory that the Secret Archive is in contact with UFOs, who are going to harm us. The UFOs are going to implant chips in us, and help the Pope take over the world.
From UFOs to ghost and psychic powers, history is riddled with unexplained events. You can turn back now, or learn the stuff they don’t want you to know.
Here are the facts. The Vatican’s secret archives are located in the heart of Vatican City. They contain more than 50 miles of shelves. According to the Vatican, the oldest documents here come from the 8th century CE, and from the 11th century on, the church has kept a more or less continuous chronological archive. Within this archive, you’ll find a note from Genghis Khan’s grandson demanding tribute. You’ll also find letters from Michelangelo, and a note carved on birch bark from Native Americans. Despite their mysterious reputation, it’s not impossible to enter these archives. It’s just very, very difficult.
Since 1881, they have been open to select academics, and Internet users can take a virtual tour of the area. There are even occasional site tours held for journalists and the public. However, there’s no browsing allowed. If you want to find something in the archives, you have to know what it is you are looking for and ask for it specifically. Therefore, no one outside the church knows exactly how many documents are in the archives. So what exactly do they have in there?
Here’s where it gets crazy. We’re not sure. Conspiracy theorists believe the Vatican holds all sorts of secret materials ranging from the outright bizarre to the disturbingly plausible. After all conspiracy theorists have been accusing the Vatican of running the world for centuries, so it’s only natural that they would assume the worst about these archives.
For example, some conspiracy theorists believe that the archive holds secret information about Jesus Christ, gospels that contradict the modern Bible. These secret documents could allegedly refer to Jesus’ biological descendents or a scripture written in his own hand. Others believe the archives hold documents about the church’s involvement in various wars orbanking scandals. Some even suggest that the Vatican holds the world’s oldest and largest collection of pornography.
Why would people believe these things? Most of the conspiracy theories about the Vatican’s secret archives come on the shoulders of another conspiracy. For example, people who already believe the Catholic Church is attempting to control the United States would claim that they weren’t crazy, that the answers were there all along, locked away in the archives. Before people could access these records, this type of claim held a lot of weight. When the Pope opened the archives to researchers, these claims did not disappear entirely, but there were certainly less people listening.
The Catholic Church claims that all the excitement is about a misunderstanding of the archive’s name. It is secret in the sense that is the Pope’s private archive. This use of the word in Latin doesn’t have the same connotation of intrigue that it has in English. In fact, most of the documents are administrative records and correspondences. But with the unprecedented popularity of Dan Brown’s book, The Da Vinci Code, in which a scholar unravels a centuries old conspiracy in the archives, people across the world took a new interest in the Vatican.
Today the church has taken steps to repair the reputation of the secret archives by hosting limited tours with the press and also by publishing books with reproductions of certain documents. Yet the conspiracy theories still abound and grow as time goes on. Regardless of whether you are a skeptic or fully believe in one of these conspiracy theories, the fact remains, we have no idea what’s actually buried in the archives. Until we do, speculation will run rampant because these secret archives are full of stuff they don’t want you to know.