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Properties of the Holy See

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]

Properties of the Holy See
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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Criteria Cultural: (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)
Reference 91bis
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


Outside Vatican City but inside RomeEdit

Extraterritorial propertyEdit

Non-extraterritorial propertyEdit

Former extraterritorial propertyEdit

Outside RomeEdit

Extraterritorial propertyEdit

Non-extraterritorial propertyEdit

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 alsoEdit


  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.