Crowds View Tomb of Pope Benedict XVI Open to the Public with Special Items Inside - Here's How You Can See it!

On January 8th, 2023, the tomb of Pope Benedict XVI became open to public. Crowds of people lined up to view the tomb and pray.

The work on the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s location in the crypt under St. Peter’s Basilica is completed and the site is open to visitors.


READ the Deed or "Rogito" Placed Inside Pope Benedict XVI's Coffin 

You can visit it in the Vatican Grottoes, beneath St. Peter’s Basilica. Enter St. Peter’s Basilica and walk to the front of the basilica and the central altar and turn left in front of the papal altar. Below the statue of St. Andrew, are the stairs leading to the crypt. Pope Benedict XVI’s tomb is on the north section of the crypt. On the marble encasing the tomb is enscribed: Benedictus PP. XVI.

A communiqué from the Holy See Press Office said the public will be able to enter the area from 9 am CET.

The triple coffin made of cypress, zinc and oak, with the body of the Pope emeritus, was buried in the former tomb of Pope St. John Paul II, on 5 January following the celebration of a Requiem Mass presided over by Pope Francis

The remains of Pope St. John Paul II were brought up into the Basilica, and placed in the Chapel of Saint Sebastian, after his beatification in 2011.

Inside Benedict XVI’s coffin, the coins and medals minted in the Vatican during his pontificate were placed as well as the palliums he wore and a metal cylinder containing a “deed” of his life and pontificate.

The name of the 265th Successor of Peter is engraved on a white marble slab.

Edited from Vatican News