Myths And Truths Of The Vatican

Myths and truths of the Vatican

The Vatican is the smallest country in the world, but given its nature as the nucleus of Catholicism, it 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.

Sacred documents

One of the aspects that most attracts the attention of the Vatican are its secret documents, which are said to contain the answers to the great mysteries of history.

In Dan Brown’s book Angels and Demons a great conspiracy is mentioned in the heart of the headquarters for the sake of destroying the world. The book caused such a stir that it led council members to open their libraries to select media outlets.

Vatican Library
Vatican Library – Miguel Hermoso Cuesta /

After entering the wing where more than 1,300 inventories are accumulated, letters were found between the Vatican and personalities such as Mozart or Queen Elizabeth I, documents related to the Swiss Guard dating from the 16th century or even the trial of the Knights Templar sealed in the 14th century, undoubtedly exciting subjects.

The truth about Saint Peter

Saint Peter was the founder of the Catholic Church, one of the closest disciples of Jesus Christ and the main ambassador of the Christian religion throughout the 1st century AD Fisherman and without studies, he managed to preach the word of God until he reached Rome, where he was crucified and turned into a martyr.

In the Vatican you can visit the tomb of St. Peter, however, after keeping track of historical events, there are historians who argue that St. Peter never visited Rome and that his tomb is actually in Israel. His presence in Rome would have been an excuse to establish the pillars of the new religious system.

Saint Peter
Statue of Saint Peter, Vatican City – ilozavr

Murdered potatoes

As heads of the Church, the popes have had throughout history a great power and many interests, not always related, around them. But not all the pontiffs have allowed themselves to be manipulated 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 1st century, Clement I was thrown into the sea with an anchor around his neck. A few centuries later Stephen VI and Benedict VI were strangled to death. And Clemente II also had a provoked death, in his case by poison. And they are not the only potatoes who died before their time, there are at least 15 deaths that could not be clarified.

Instead of assassinating, 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 the Crimea, alone and ill in 655.


The pontiffs have also had lovers throughout history and their influence has not been exactly positive. There is even a period known as 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, assassinating his predecessor. This pontiff maintained for 15 years a lover named Marozia whose power went far beyond the affairs of the bedroom.

The influence of the concubines was very powerful at times. Women who managed to manage the popes at will and subject them to the interests of aristocrats and kings of the time.

Costume question

The Swiss Guard is the military body that has protected the Vatican since the 16th century. If there is something that stands out, it is its particular and colorful uniform.

Vatican Guard
Swiss Guard, Vatican City – Roberto Ferrari /

Researchers concluded 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) it seems that they are inspired by the tastes of the Medici family, the most powerful in northern Italy during the Renaissance.

Legends, stories and mysteries surround the Vatican. Not all are true, but they arouse a lot of curiosity.

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