Many of us of had been introduced to the city nation of Vatican in our general knowledge periods as kids, where there was only one unanimous answer to the question of the smallest country of the world. At that time it fascinated us to know that a locality with a landmass of 0.2 square miles and a population even lesser that many of the residential neighborhoods could also be called a nation!
Time passed as smoothly as ever and our association with Vatican saw a different horizon when we started referring to it as the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. Also known as the Holy See, Vatican has always drawn travellers towards it, thanks to its spiritual quotient, geographical uniqueness and architectural exploits.
Generic things apart, Vatican carves niche for the travellers with some very well defined and soul refined taste for the finer aspects of fife- music, scriptures and art. The Vatican Secret Archives are one of these monumental creations that makes a traveller explore the depths of a Vatican visit with education and illumination.
The Vatican Secret Archives is the collection of the Papal documents, state papers and other rare study materials that are kept in preservation in the 85 linear kms of bookshelves. The authenticity and antique value of this archive is evident from the VIII century recording of the Papal Chancery titled- Liber Diurnus Romanorum Pontificum.
The library in the Vatican Secret Archive is one treat to the book bugs with two reading rooms, a laboratory for preservation, an index room and even an internal library. The feel of being in this place is truly beyond a verbal or written expression.
But, wait a second, this library is a part of the antique archive. The entire periphery of this monument includes the Diplomatics and Archive Administration and the The Vatican School of Palaeography. The beautiful and amazing interiors of this archive is the icing on the cake.
It is now pretty sure that, next time you plan to visit Vatican, make sure you step into the Vatican Secret Archive to add a very out of the box kind of touch to your vacation.