How You Should Go About Browsing Through The Mesmerising Vatican Museums

Rome’s Vatican City is a destination like no other for a number of reasons. Not only is it the Christian capital of the world, but it also welcomes several million visitors each year. One of the most significant aspects of the Vatican City is its museums. With 54 total galleries, making up 1400 rooms, the Vatican City houses the largest collection of art worldwide.

What is held there?

The collection is so extensive, in fact, that placed end to end it would reach a staggering length of 9 miles, enough to encompass the Vatican’s walls more than four times. While the quantity of art truly is impressive, the quality of the art is what people visit the Vatican Museums for. Housing works from the greatest masters, Michelangelo, Raphael and many more, the museums of the Vatican should be destination number one for absolutely any art lover around the globe. These museums house some of the most significant classical sculptures on earth, as well as displaying important masterpieces of the renaissance art movement. Each artwork was sourced by different Popes over the centuries, ensuring only the most exceptional artworks be displayed. One of the more fascinating artworks is the sculpture that all the Vatican Museums can be traced back to.

Where to Start

Founded by Pope Julius II in the early 1500’s, the first of the art pieces was sourced and purchased. More than 500 years ago, the Pope found a statue known as Laocoön and His Sons in a vineyard near Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, and bought the first of today’s 70 000 artworks in the Vatican. However, only 20 000 of these artworks are on display to the public. That being said, for you to explore every one of the Vatican Museums’ 1400 rooms could take weeks. To ensure you make the most of your time in the Vatican Museums, be sure to visit two of the most popular buildings, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and the Stanza di Rafaello, these sites were visited by more than 6 million people in 2017 alone, making the Vatican Museums the 4th most visited across the globe. Another notable site is St Peter’s Basilica. This phenomenal building is an artwork in itself, and is known to be the largest Catholic Church in the world.

There truly are few other destinations on earth in which to explore such an extensive collection of the greatest works of all time. A tour of the Vatican Museums is an absolute must on any trip to Rome.

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