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This immense complex exhibits some of the world’s most renowned and famous works of art

A must-visit place in Rome are the Vatican Museums.

The collection contains over 70,000 works are housed in the museums within the Apostolic Palace, which contains the Papal Apartments, offices of the Catholic church, private and public chapels, the Vatican Museums, and the Vatican Library. Together they represent one of the largest museum complexes and collections in the world. Founded in the sixteenth century, its collection of sacred art and artefacts of historical, cultural, and artistic value of art is uniquely important and awesome.

The history of Christian art and architecture was fostered during the reign of Emperor Constantine. In 313 AD, he made Christianity legal with the Edict of Milan. Christians were then given the right to construct places for worship and were freed from previous constraints on their religious activities.

Constantine was responsible for building the first basilica in 324 on Vatican Hill; it later became Saint Peter’s Basilica.

Thereafter and following on nearly two-thousand years of the papacy, successive Popes created the Vatican Museums through the building of the Apostolic Palace, and they gathered and commissioned works of art that depict the history of humankind and the story of its redemption.

Millions of visitors roam through the museums each year, discovering and enjoying the many masterpieces, renowned works and priceless treasures that are part of many different collections of Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, Roman and Christian art and artefacts. Ancient paintings, decorative arts and ethnological and historical works are housed alongside modern and contemporary artworks.

Text & Photos Cammy Yiu