Museums in Rome, Italy
Rome has some of the greatest museums in the world. Featured currently on “Joy of Museums” are the following:
- The Vatican Museums
- The Vatican Museums are a collection of museums located in Vatican City, located in Rome, Italy. The Vatican Museums showcases historical and artistic works from the vast collection of works collected by many Popes of the Catholic Church over many centuries. The Vatican Museums’ collections are over 70,000 works of which less than one-third are displayed at any point in time. There are 54 galleries in the museum with one of the key attractions being the Sistine Chapel.
- Capitoline Museums
- The Capitoline Museums (Musei Capitolini) is made up of a group of art and archaeological museums in Piazza del Campidoglio, on top of the Capitoline Hill in Rome. The Capitoline Museums are composed of three main buildings surrounding the Piazza and interlinked by an underground gallery.
- St. Peter’s Basilica
- The Papal Basilica of St. Peter is an Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome. St. Peter’s is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. Catholic tradition holds that the Basilica is the burial site of Saint Peter, a leading Apostle of Jesus and also the first Bishop of Rome. Saint Peter’s tomb is supposedly directly below the high altar of the Basilica.
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