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3) Vatican Secret Archive

Most of the Vatican Secret Archive is located underground, deep within the walls of Vatican City and is a place only a select few people have ever seen. It is estimated that there are over 2 miles of shelving in the archive, packed with over 35,000 items of historic paper ephemera. Amongst the archive’s treasures are the epic history of the acts of the Holy See, papal accountancy documents, state papers and correspondence that is said to include letters from Michelangelo and Mary Queen of Scots. A small, dedicated team of archivists look after the Vatican Secret Archive, sworn, I presume, to secrecy as to what exactly the archives contain and a handful of carefully selected scholars from the world’s best institutions can also access the archives each year for study purposes.

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