The dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica has been declared a site of cultural heritage of humanity, it is an icon of the Eternal City and a symbol of the Catholic Church.
In the Grottoes there are tombstones and tombs of 20 popes (not all popes are buried in the Vatican: 148 out of 264).
For over a thousand years the popes lived in Rome’s Cathedral, San Giovanni in Laterano – Saint John Lateran, built by emperor Constantine in the fourth century.
Francis I, the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church After the papal resignation of Benedict XVI, a conclave was called on 11th February 2013, and on March 13th the first non-European pope was elected; the first Jesuit pope and the first to take his papal name from St. Francis of Assisi. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, first […]