Superintendence for Architectural Heritage
The territory of the Holy See within the Vatican walls and in its extraterritorial sites is comprehensively distinguished by buildings that have marked the history of architecture, accompanying all of the important events in the history of the Church from her origins to our times.
Since 2008 the conservation of this heritage has been entrusted to the Superintendence for Architectural Heritage, a section of the Department of Scientific Services of the Vatican Museums, whose Director fulfils the role of Superintendent.
The Office dedicates a major part of its activity to the conservation of the buildings in which the Vatican Museums are located, as well as supporting the Infrastructure and Services Directorate of the Governorate of Vatican City State in the more significant interventions relating to extra-territorial assets.
Historical research represents the fulcrum of the activities of this Scientific Service, and is understood both as a support for conservation operations and as a tool for the interpretation of the knowledge attained from restoration works.
Vitale Zanchettin, Director
Barbara Maria Bellano