Apostolic Palace, also called the Sacred
Palace, the Papal Palace or the
Palace of the Vatican, is the official residence
of the Pope in the Vatican City. It adjoins St. Peter's Basilica.
is a complex of buildings that includes the Papal Apartments, some of the Catholic Church's government offices,
a handful of chapels, the Vatican Museums and the Vatican Library. In all, there are over 1,000 rooms with the
most famous including Raphael's
Rooms and the Sistine
Chapel with its renowned ceiling frescoes painted by Michelangelo (restored between 1980 and
papal residences are at the Lateran Palace, and the Castel Gandolfo outside Rome.
Vatican Palace displaced the Lateran Palace in prominence during
the fifteenth century; but it was eclipsed for an extended period
by the Quirinal
1871, the Quirinal
Palace was the Pope's official residence.
final overthrow of the Papal States in 1870, the King of
Italy confiscated that palace in 1871, making it the King's
After the abolition of the Italian
monarchy in 1946 it became the residence of the President of the
The Vatican–its History–its Treasures
(New York, 1914) was
written by various scholars connected with the Vatican and edited
by Ernesto Begni and others. Briefer and more popular accounts M.
K. Potter's The Art of the Vatican
(new edition, Boston,
1903), and D. B. W. Sladen
's, How to See the Vatican
(New York, 1914).