The popes were among the very first royalty to open their vast art collections to public viewing. Pope Julius II (1443 - 1513) began collecting sculpture during the Renaissance and, ever since, most popes have taken an active interest in art and in ... 

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Vatican City

May 2011

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Vatican City

Map gallery, Vatican Museums

January 2009

James P
United Kingdom

Taken during our tour. Quite apart from the colorful frescoes depicting early maps, the ceiling was truly breathtaking. Stopping to take the picture did not mean losing any of the commentary of our guide because we were receiving this over earphones.

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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

Vatican

July 2014

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Messing around

Vatican

July 2014

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Point

Vatican

July 2014

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Getting a little messy at the Vatican

Vatican Museums

May 2014

This is the garden behind the museum at the beginning of the tour where you see the paintings that will be in the Sistine Chapel.

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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour including Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

Vatican tour

April 2014

View of Saint Peter's Basilica from the Vatican Gardens after a thunder storm.

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Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums Tour

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