Marktl am Inn, Bavaria

Pope Benedict’s Birthplace.

The former Catholic cardinal, Joseph Ratzinger, became Papst Benedikt XVI (Pope Benedict XVI) in April 2005. In February 2013 he became the first pope in almost 600 years to resign rather than die in office.

Ratzinger was born in the Bavarian town of Marktl am Inn on April 16, 1927. The house in which he was born is now a museum. The infant Ratzinger only lived in Marktl for about two years, but the town made him an honorary citizen (Ehrenbürger) in 1997. The pope paid an official 30-minute visit to Marktl am Inn in September 2006. Our photo gallery contains views of the house and the museum that is now there. Note: The museum is closed from November 1 to Easter Monday.

Marktl am Inn

Marktl am Inn

The main street of Marktl leads directly to the house where Pope Benedict XVI was born in 1927 – the white house with brown window shutters.

Marktl am Inn

Marktl am Inn

The house in which Pope Benedict XVI was born in 1927 is now a museum devoted to his life and career. The bronze column (die Benediktsäule) was erected in 2006 in honor of the pope's visit to Marktl in September of that year.

Marktl am Inn

Marktl am Inn

A marker next to the former entrance tells us that Pope Benedict XVI was born here on April 16, 1927 and baptized as Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, and that he was chosen to be pope on April 19, 2005.

Marktl am Inn

Marktl am Inn

In another room of the museum there is a video display (left) about the pope's life. In the glass case we see a scepter once used by Pope Benedict XVI, plus other artifacts.

Marktl am Inn

Marktl am Inn

In this room of the museum, we see a robe worn by Pope Benedict XVI as well as his coat of arms.

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