2018-05-07 08:07:40 UTC
meter wide book-shelf with, say, 6 tiers counts as 30 linear meters or 3
"The grandeur is obvious. Located within the Vatican’s walls, next door
to the Apostolic Library and just north of the Sistine Chapel, the VSA
houses 53 linear miles of shelving dating back more than 12 centuries."
The second phrase "dating back more than 12 centuries" also puts a
perspective on current state secrecy laws. Normally classified
information in the UK has a shelf-life of 50 - 100 years, beyond which
documents are either declassified or destroyed. 12 centuries makes the
Vatican the most secretive state on the planet.
Full article from The Atlantic here: