Vatican Museums: From Egypt to Rome, from Raphael to Van Gogh via Leonardo da Vinci

Michelangelo Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoe in the Vatican City in Rome
Michelangelo Sistine Chapel ceiling
The most important thing to see here is the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's Frescoes but many other particularly pleasant aspects of the Vatican Museums are the richness and diversity of sculptures and paintings.

Not only ancient works, including Egyptian, Greek or Roman sculptures, but also and above all hundreds of major works in painting.

Magnificent works, those you have all seen in your history books or on the occasion of a documentary, works that you can admire closely and “in real”, much more beautiful and present than in the small format of a reproduction.

Here, Raphael's works are in the spotlight, for it was he who painted the frescoes of much of the papal rooms, the famous rooms called "Raphael Chambers".

The picture gallery is also exceptional with works by the same Raphael, but also by Leonardo da Vinci, Bellini, Giotto, Veronese, Titian or Caravaggio.

Not to mention the Vatican Museum of Contemporary Art where painters such as Van Gogh, Matisse, Chagall, Gauguin, Dali, Bacon and Mondrian are exhibited.

Crucifixes of all beauty and numerous relics of saints are also and obviously part of these extraordinary Vatican museums.

Vatican Museums: Geographical Maps, Carriages and Crucifixes

But the Vatican Museums do not stop there.

Among these thousands of rooms, you can also admire the map gallery and see with astonishment and fun how the world was represented a few centuries ago.

The so-called carriage room is also worth a visit.

We discover the carriages with their coupling and the chairs with papal carriers, but also the pontifical sedans, the different “Popemobiles”, including the one in which John Paul II was in during his attempted assassination, until the little white Renault IV offered to Pope Francis!

As you will understand, the Vatican Museums are really one of Rome's must-see things, an awakened dream for art lovers!

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