25 Awe-Inspiring Photos From Inside The Vatican

Admit it: there's something inherently mysterious about the city-country-epicenter-of-Catholicism Vatican City. Because of this mystery, there's also something inherently interesting about photographs inside the Vatican. From royal and presidential visitors to countless, inestimably valuable artifacts to the state funerals of Popes, Vatican City is ground zero for the Catholic faith. It's the Biblical site of St. Peter's martyrdom, the rock upon which the church was to be built.

This list pulls together a wide array of pictures taken inside Vatican City, and it documents some of the major architectural and restorative changes that the city has experienced since the advent of photography – from the first mailbox installed inside the city to the computer imaging used to restore Michelangelo's work inside the Sistine Chapel.


  • A Look Inside The Vatican's Hall Of Statues, 1880

    A Look Inside The Vatican's Hall Of Statues, 1880
    Photo: Michael Maslan / Getty Images
  • Tourist Photo Of St. Peter's Square, 1910

    Tourist Photo Of St. Peter's Square, 1910
    Photo: Kirn Vintage Stock / Getty Images
  • Pope John Paul I Lying In State In The Vatican's Clementine Chapel, 1978

    Pope John Paul I Lying In State In The Vatican's Clementine Chapel, 1978
    Photo: Hulton Deutsch / Getty Images
  • Michelangelo's Piet In The Vatican's Laboratory Of Restoration, 1972

    Michelangelo's Piet In The Vatican's Laboratory Of Restoration, 1972
    Photo: Vittoriano Rastelli / Getty Images
  • Pope Pius XII Blessing Allied Reporters After The Liberation Of Rome, June 7, 1944

    Pope Pius XII Blessing Allied Reporters After The Liberation Of Rome, June 7, 1944
    Photo: CORBIS / Getty Images
  • The Construction Of The Wall Separating The Country Of Vatican City From Italy

    The Construction Of The Wall Separating The Country Of Vatican City From Italy
    Photo: George Rinhart / Getty Images