Sunday, October 23, 2016

Pictures Of Pope's Summer Residence In Castel Gandolfo + All You Need To Know About It

Tourists now have a rare opportunity to peek inside the papal bedroom. This room has served more than 15 popes over the centuries - Popes Pius XII and Paul VI died here and John Paul II recovered from an assassination attempt in the same room in 1981 - but has been spurned by Pope Francis. Forty children were also born in this bedroom when the villa housed refugees during World War II.

The marble-floored estate was acquired by the Vatican in 1596. The first pope to use it as a summer residence was Urban VIII in the 17th Century.

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, who resigned in 2013, was the last pontiff to use the villa as a summer residence.

A private chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Czestochowa is one of 20 rooms in the private apartment. Tourists usually came to Castel Gandolfo to receive blessings from the Pope when the papal court moved to the residence for months at a time.

Pope Francis has however renounced the luxuries of the villa just as he refused to move into the sumptuous Vatican apartment and, instead, opted to live in a modest hotel.