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View across St. Peter's Square to the Apostolic Palace

The Apostolic Palace (also known as the Sacred Palace, the Papal Palace and the Palace of the Vatican) is the official residence of the Pope which is located in Vatican City.



In the 15th century, the Apostolic palace was placed under the authority of the prefect of the Apostolic palace. This position of Apostolic prefect lasted from the 15th century till the 1800s, when the Papal States fell into economic difficulties. In 1824, when this post was reviewed to save money, Leo XII created a committee to administer day to day administration of the palace.[1 ]


The palace is a series of buildings which include the Papal Apartments, government offices of the Catholic Church, chapels, Vatican Museums and the Vatican library. Today, the Pope lives in one of the bedrooms that used to belong to a servant.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Levillain 2002, p. 1093-1094.
  2. ^ Morton 2002, p. 355.



Coordinates: 41°54′13″N 12°27′23″E / 41.90361°N 12.45639°E / 41.90361; 12.45639


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The Apostolic Palace, also called the Papal Palace or the Palace of the Vatican, is the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City.

The palace is a complex of buildings, with the Papal Apartment, the Catholic Church's government offices, a handful of chapels, the Vatican Museum and the Vatican library. In all there are over 1,000 rooms with the most famous including the Sistine Chapel and its renowned ceiling frescoes painted by Michelangelo (restored between 1980-1990) and Raphael's Rooms.

The other papal residences are at the Lateran Palace and the Castel Gandolfo outside Rome.

Before 1871, the Quirinal Palace was the Pope's official residence. After the final overthrow of the Papal States in 1870, the King of Italy confiscated that palace in 1871, making it the king's official residence; after the abolition of the Italian monarchy in 1946, it became the President of the Italian Republic's residence.

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  • Borgia Apartment
  • Clementine Hall
  • Domus Sanctae Marthae
  • Papal Gentlemen
  • Papal Apartment
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael Rooms


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