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The Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums feature many works of art that belonged to the different Popes and are full of artistic beauty. Here is a glimpse of some of the most beautiful things to see in the Vatican Museums.

Pio-Clementino Museum

Pio-Clementino Museum

This is the largest of the Vatican Museums and was commissioned by Pope Clement XIV in 1771. Some of the most important Greek and Roman sculptures are hosted here in the Vatican City. The Museum has twelve rooms and in the courtyard, you can see the Apollo Belvedere, a copy of the original bronze statue present in the Agora of Athens. The most important rooms of the museum are the Gallery of the Statues, the Room of the Muses, the animals and the candlesticks Gallery.

The Gregorian Egyptian Museums

The Gregorian Egyptian Museum

This ancient museum consists of nine rooms containing monuments and objects belonging to the Egyptian civilization found in Rome and Tivoli, in Hadrian’s Villa. Two rooms are dedicated to the Assyrian civilization and Mesopotamia.

The Raphael Rooms

The Raphael Rooms

These four rooms were created by Raphael, a leading artistic figure of the Italian High Renaissance and his students between 1508 and 1524. The four Raphael rooms are the Hall of Constantine (Sala di Costantino), the Room of Heliodorus (Stanza di Eliodoro), the Room of the Signatura (Stanza della Segnatura) and the Room of the Fire in the Borgo (Stanza dell’Incendio del Borgo). The Room of the Signatura was once the seat of the Papal Library. Inside there are four frescoes representing the four branches of knowledge: theology, philosophy, poetry, and law.

The Gallery of Maps

The Gallery of Maps

A long corridor of topographical maps of Italy,  full of suggestions of places in Italy for those who like geography, a room full of light and color. Commissioned in 1580 by Pope Gregory XIII as part of artistic works commissioned by the Pope to decorate the Vatican, the maps are based on drawings by Ignazio Danti, who took three years (1580–1583) to complete the 40 panels of the 120 m long gallery.

The Pinacoteca

The Pinacotheca

This place consists of eighteen rooms inside which you can find paintings from the 1800s to the more recent years. Many works belonging to the different Popes and from many parts of the world. There are 460 paintings by artists such as Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Perugino, and Caravaggio.

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