Vatican Apostolic Library

Vatican, Vatican City State

The Vatican Apostolic Library was formally established in 1475, although it is much older. It is one of the oldest libraries in the world and contains one of the most significant collections of historical texts. It currently has 75,000 codices from throughout history, as well as 1.1 million printed books, which include some 8,500 incunabula.

The Vatican Library is a research library for history, law, philosophy, science and theology. The Vatican Library is open to anyone who can document their qualifications and research needs. Photocopies for private study of pages from books published between 1801 and 1990 can be requested in person or by mail.

The Vatican Secret Archives were separated from the library at the beginning of the 17th century; they contain another 150,000 items.

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Dennis Hartigan (4 months ago)
It's where Peter built the rock. Viva Papa
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Very small country but very nice city
Shubham Bawaskar (6 months ago)
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Arthit Yodyunyong (7 months ago)
Had a chance to attend the Angelus and saw his holiness, Pope Francis.
Kiran Joseph (11 months ago)
One of the best Pilgrims centre In Rome.If you are in Rome you should visit St peters Basilica.I think you can see POP on every Wednesday.The church is very Big and Long.Its very peaceful and a good ambience inside it. .... There is a garden on its front,its beautiful.
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