Mystery, Conspiracy, Legends
The Vatican, Rome’s Most Protected Mystery
Throughout history, the Vatican has been anything but immune from speculation of conspiracy, mystery and legends. Some as widely varied as extraterrestrial life and the Second Coming, and it all leads to The Vatican Secret Archives. The Fairytale Traveler has not yet been to Rome but we’ve done our share of research and could hardly wait to share with you what we learned from Dark Rome Tours.
The archives were officially divided in the mid-17th century from the Vatican Library and serves as the fountain of seemingly forbidden knowledge from which many conspiracy theories have sprung. After hundreds of years of being completely closed to all but church scholars, the twelve-plus centuries of historical documents preserved in more than 52 linear miles of shelves at the Archives are now open to outsiders for research. Unfortunately, academics must know in advance what they wish to study because browsing the Archives is strictly prohibited. This injunction enhances speculation that there are many secrets hidden within the Archives even though the word “secret” isn’t used in the name to assert a clandestine meaning but instead simply means “private.” The Archives are often referred to as the Pope’s personal library.
The Third Secret of Fátima
Time travel is yet another frequent, but controversial, topic for alleged Vatican secrets. It is said that plans for a time machine, evidence of time travel, or even a working time-travelling device could be tucked away securely in the depths of Vatican vaults. Other concealed proof may include confirmation of or scientific documentation about the existence of voyagers from other eras.
Disclosure of Biblical Relics
Other Vatican conspiracy theories include rumored documentation of the existence or physical locations of biblical relics, including the Ark of the Covenant, Noah’s ark, and the Holy Grail. The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI in 2013 fueled conjecture of Vatican links to the Illuminati or other clandestine groups. Stigmata and the Shroud of Turin are further mysteries yet to be unraveled by scientists and scholars. Another claim hypothesizes actual portraits and contemporary documentation of details of the life of Jesus along with his bloodline. Alternatively, some imagine that evidence is being hidden from the public that Jesus definitively did not exist.
Unfortunately, a visit to the Pope’s private library is likely to prove impossible while touring the Vatican during a vacation in Rome. Only qualified scholars are currently admitted to the Archives, but there are many other fascinating and enigmatic sites to explore in Vatican City and beyond that are more than worthy of a Dan Brown novel or Indiana Jones movie.