The Vatican Museum

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"Trust us, it's worth spending all day stargazing at the beautiful paintings on the Vatican Museums' ceilings. From room to room, in all the 13 museums in the 14 Vatican Palaces, you'll see works of art by Raphael, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Giotto - do we need to go on? Everything is worth our #46 spot of AbsoluteVisits.
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  • The Vatican Museum complex in Rome, Italy is the largest museum complex in the world with over 1,000 museums and galleries full of masterpieces gathered by various popes.
  • It is said that the Vatican Museums are over 9 miles (14.5 km) long and if you spent only one minute observing each work it would take almost 4 years to see it all!
  • The Vatican Museums began with one work of art: the sculpture of Laocoon, who allegedly was the priest that tried to convince people that the Greeks gift of a Trojan horse was a trap. The sculpture was brought into the city of Rome and from there, various popes continued to add to the collection.
  • The Sistine chapel, made famous for the masterpiece on the ceiling painted by Michelangelo, depicts the figure of God six different times on the ceiling alone.
 

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I can say with confidence that I believe the Vatican Museums deserve to be right up there with that group. Every room you enter is absolutely stunning and it is my favorite museum in the world. Some might argue that itís collection is not diverse enough to be compared to the Mett or the British Museum, which both contain pieces from all over the world and spread across thousands of year, and while I definitely agree with the factuality of that statement, for me a lot of the pieces in both of those Museums are not impressive and a lot of the rooms are boring to walk through. Looking at...  read more
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