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A new app from the Vatican "brings to life" Giordano Bruno's execution on Campo de' Fiori
The Vatican Secret Archives unveils the summary of the trial of Giordano Bruno.
ROME.- On the occasion of the anniversary of the death of Giordano Bruno, burned alive at the stake on piazza Campo de’ Fiori, in Rome, on February 17, 1600, for his convictions, which were judged heretical by the Tribunal of the Roman Inquisition, the Vatican Secret Archives unveils the summary of the trial of Giordano Bruno, the 17th document on display at the Capitoline Museums in the Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Reveals Itself exhibition.

The document, online as of today at, is extremely significant because the records of the proceedings of Giordano Bruno’s trial are lost. They may have been destroyed together with the records of other Inquisition trials some time before the Roman archives that had been taken to Paris by order of Napoleon in 1801, were returned to the Holy See, between 1815 and 1817. This summary – all that remains of the Inquisition’s file on Bruno – contains extensive quotations from the court records.

Thanks to the technological partnership with Accenture, the global management, consulting, technology and outsourcing company, as of February 29th, when the exhibition opens, a sophisticated app that was developed specifically for the Vatican Secret Archives on this occasion will make it possible, for example, to focus your tablet or smartphone on the statue of Giordano Bruno at Campo de’ Fiori and see his pyre burst into flame on your device’s display, to open the documents related to the trial of the Dominican friar and philosopher, and to call up videos with further information on his life and his ideas. The app that Accenture developed also makes it possible to explore all the documents in the exhibition with multimedia in-depth contents, thereby heightening the cultural and emotional experience of the event.

The eagerly awaited Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Reveals Itself exhibition was conceived to celebrate the Fourth Centenary of the foundation of the Vatican Secret Archives, in collaboration with Roma Capitale, the Rome City Department for Cultural Policies and the Historic Centre-Cultural Heritage Superintendency, and Zètema Progetto Cultura; and organized by Alessandra Gonzato, Marco Maiorino, Pier Paolo Piergentili and Gianni Venditti. It will open to the public at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, February 29, 2012. On the first day, the Capitoline Museums will extend the opening hours to 9:30 pm. The exhibition will be open through September 9, 2012.

An unprecedented historic event which will convey outside the Vatican walls, for the first time ever, codices and parchments, files, registers and manuscripts covering a span of time from the 8th century A.D. to the 20th, selected from among the treasures that the Vatican Secret Archives has preserved and protected for centuries. The exhibition catalogue is published by Palombi Editori in two versions, Italian and English (29.7 x 21 cm., 224 pages, full colour, 14 euros).

The documents revealed to date are online at, together with information and the people concerned and “curiosities” about the Vatican Secret Archives.

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