Properties of the Holy See

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Roma San Paolo fuori le mura BW 1.JPG
Location Italy - Vatican City
Type Architectural
Criteria (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)
Reference 91bis
UNESCO region Europe
Inscription history
Inscription 1980 (4th Session)
Extraterritorial property of the Holy See in Castel Gandolfo:
1. Papal palace with adjacent garden
2. Garden of the Villa Cybo
3. Villa Barberini, gardens and agricultural area
4. Oliveto ex-Bacelli
5. Church of San Tommaso di Villanova

The properties of the Holy See are regulated by the 1929 Lateran Treaty signed with the Kingdom of Italy. Although part of Italian territory, some of them enjoy immunities, similar to those of foreign embassies.[1][2]

Outside Vatican City but inside Rome[edit]

Extraterritorial property[edit]

Non-extraterritorial property[edit]

Former extraterritorial property[edit]

Outside Rome[edit]

Extraterritorial property[edit]

Non-extraterritorial property[edit]

The Fundamental Accord, signed in 1993, grants property rights and tax exemptions to the Holy See over various Christian holy sites in Israel, but the agreement was never finalized because of diplomatic problems between the Vatican and Israeli governments.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ see Article 13, 14, 15 and 16 in the Lateran Treaty
  2. ^ "CIA - The World Factbook -- Holy See (Vatican City)". Central Intelligence Agency. 2006-12-19. Retrieved 2007-01-03. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Zone exterritoriali vaticani". Website of the Holy See. Retrieved 2009-12-08.