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The Vatican Museums, in Viale Vaticano in Rome, inside the Vatican City, are among the greatest museums in the world, since they display works from the immense collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church throughout the centuries.

Pope Julius II founded the museums in the 16th century. The Sistine Chapel and the Stanze della Segnatura decorated by Raphael are on the visitor route through the Vatican Museums.


vatican The Vatican Museums

View of Vatican from the Tiber


Good to know:

  • The Vatican Museums are very popular with visitors. On some days the entry queue can reach lengths of up to one kilometer, and it can take up to two hours to arrive at the doors.
  • Upon entry, security checks are performed.
  • Entry is free on the last Sunday of each month. This result in even longer entry queues.
  • As in churches, please observe appropriate clothing (covering shoulders and knees).
  • Flash photography is prohibited everywhere inside the Vatican Museums.

To learn more about opening hours, entry fees and tours, please visit the official Website here.

Source: wikipedia.org

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