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Rome: Lateran Apostolic Palace

Attached to the Basilica of Saint John Lateran (the Pope’s own church), The Lateran Palace is the former residence of the Popes, and today remains the head of the Diocese of Rome.  It is at the Lateran Palace that the Lateran Treaty was signed on 11th February 1929, making the Vatican an independent state..

The room where the Pope received visitors is a main attraction, much more elaborate in style than the Papal apartment, which is rather plain.

The pope’s study features gifts received by popes throughout the ages, including the bust which John F. Kennedy Jr. gave to Pope Paul VI in their meeting at the Vatican.

The Pope’s private chapel is modest in nature.


Here is a brief video, courtesy of Rome Reports.

Finding the Apostolic Palace in Rome:

Address: Piazza di S. Giovanni in Laterano, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Tel:  +39 06 6988 3860