The Vatican Museums ( Musei Vaticani) are located inside the Vatican City. Pope Julius II founded the museums in the early 16th century. These museums include the Museo Chiaramoni and display magnificent statues and works of art that have been collected by the Roman Catholic Church.
The collection includes: mummies, classical sculptures of emperors, tapestries, stained glass and some of the important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world.
I love the beautiful tapestries.
Raphael even included Michelangelo in his famous “School of Athens” frescoes in the Vatican Museums. The central figures in the masterpiece are Plato and Aristotle.
There are ornate ceilings everywhere. I love the magnificent helix staircase and the Gallery of the Maps. The topographical maps represent regions of Italy. They were painted on the walls by friar and geographer Ignazio Danti from Perugia. The maps were commissioned by Pope Gregory XIII (1572–1585). It took Danti three years (1580–1583) to complete the 40 fresco panels of the Map Room.
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