Maps in the News: Vatican City Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries
Today marked a historic first meeting between President Barack Obama and Pope Francis in Vatican City. Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) on the second floor of Bracken Library features several maps of Vatican City.
Vatican City is located completely with the city of Rome, Italy, and the “popout” map of Rome is a small folded map published in 2008 that includes a map of the grounds. A 1995 National Geographic map of Italy also features an inset map of the grounds of the Holy See.
The top map shown above was published by the Central Intelligence Agency and shows the location of the radio station, the post office, and the Papal Printing Office. The second map shown above is a topographic map of Rome published by the Defense Mapping Agency by the War Office in 1943.
The third map shown of the Vatican City, Citta Del Vaticano, was published by the Visceglia Geographic Institute in Italian. St. Peter’s Square is identified as “Piazza S. Pietro” on the map, and “Giardini Vaticani” marks the location of the gardens. “Pinacoteca” is the Art Gallery located on the grounds.
Maps from the GRMC may be circulated for two weeks or longer. The GRMC is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 5:00.