The Vatican is the smallest country in the world, but given its nature as the nucleus of Catholicism, has been accumulating secrets for centuries, becoming a place that produces the curiosity of many people.
Secret archives, intrigues, science and religion, here we reveal some myths and truths about the Vatican.
One of the most striking aspects of the Vatican is its secret documents, which are said to hold the answers to the great mysteries of history.
In the book of Dan Brown Angels and Demons is mentioned a great conspiracy in the heart of the headquarters for the sake of destroying the world. The book made such a stir that it led council members to open their libraries to select media outlets.
After penetrating the wing where more than 1300 inventories accumulate, letters were found between the Vatican and personalities such as Mozart or Queen Elizabeth I , documents related to the Swiss Guard dating to the sixteenth century or even the trial of the Knights Templar sealed in the XIV century, undoubtedly exciting subjects.
The truth about San Pedro
St. Peter was the founder of the Catholic Church, one of the closest disciples of Jesus Christ and the chief ambassador of the Christian religion throughout the first century AD. Fisherman and without studies, managed to preach the word of God until arriving in Rome, where he was Crucified and turned into a martyr.
In the Vatican you can visit the tomb of St. Peter, however, after following the historical facts, there are historians who argue that St. Peter never came to visit Rome and that his tomb is actually in Israel. Your presence in Rome would have been an excuse to establish the pillars of the new religious system.
As heads of the Church the popes have throughout history a great power and many interests, not always related, around them. But not all the pontiffs have been allowed to manipulate and the consequence is that some ended up in jail or exile. The less fortunate were even cruelly murdered.
Let’s look at some very illustrative examples. In the first century, clement I was thrown into the sea with an anchor around his neck. A few centuries later, Esteban VI and Benedict VI died strangled. And Clement II also had a death provoked, in his case by poison. And they are not the only popes that died prematurely; there are at least 15 deaths that could not be clarified.
You may also like to read : The 8 Best Hiking Trails In The World
Instead of murdering, on other occasions the enemies of the papacy succeeded in banishing the head of the Church. Martin I was arrested tortured and tried in Constantinople for alleged heresy. He died far from Rome, in Crimea, alone and sick in the years 655.
Pontiffs have also had lovers throughout history and their influence has not been precisely positive. There is even a period called the ‘dark century’ of the papacy.
One of the protagonists of this period was Sergio III. He came to the papacy in 904 with the help of his soldiers, murdering his predecessor. This pontiff maintained for 15 years a lover called Marozia whose power went much beyond the matters of alcove.
The influence of the concubines was very powerful at times. Women who managed to handle the craving of the popes and subject them to the interests of aristocrats and kings of the time.
The Swiss Guard is the military body that has protected the Vatican since the 16th century. If there is something that catches your eye it is your particular and colorful uniform.
Researchers came to the conclusion that it was Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino who designed the uniform of the Vatican’s Swiss Guard , and not Michelangelo, as has been believed.
As for the colors, (blue, yellow and red) seems to be inspired by the likes of the Medici family, the most powerful of northern Italy during the Renaissance.
Legends, stories and mysteries surround the Vatican. Not all are true, but they arouse much curiosity.