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A Tour Of The Vatican Museums
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A Tour Of The Vatican Museums


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The world’s smallest fully independent nation-state, Vatican City is surrounded by Rome, Italy, and is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. It is home to the Pope and a trove of iconic art and architecture.

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We went to the Vatican Museums where it exhibits some of the most priceless paintings, including works by Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci. All visitors must pass through airport-style security, during high season the waiting time may be up to 30 minutes.

Arnaldo Pomodoro’s Sphere within a Sphere, or also known in Italian as Sfera con Sfera is a very striking bronze sculpting situated in the Pine Cone Courtyard (Cortile della Pigna) on display in an outdoor area within the Vatican Museums.

vatican museums what to see the belvedere torso sculpture

Interpreted in various ways over the centuries, The Belvedere Torso” sculpture is believed to represent the Greek hero Ajax Telamonius contemplating suicide.

vatican museums what to see roman emperor nero porphyry tub

Made from the purple hued porphyry stone found in the Aswan region of Egypt, this famous Roman Emperor Nero’s giant porphyry tub is big enough to fit ten people in!

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Visited by millions of tourists from all over the world, the Sistine Chapel is decorated with splendid frescoes by Michelangelo. His splendid works cover the ceiling and the back wall (with the Last Judgement) above the altar. The Creation of Adam is the most famous present in the Sistine Chapel and among the most famous works of modern art.

vatican museums what to see modern bramante spiral staircase

The modern Bramante’s Spiral Staircase marks the end of our museum visit, and is the route that all visitors take when leaving the building. This staircase was designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932 and displays very similar features to the original.

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This museum is so beautiful and rich in historical values with some of the world’s most priceless treasures. We spent around 2 hours at Vatican Museums, then left and walked to Saint Peter’s Square, a large plaza located directly in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

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