"Vatican Museum" Vatican Museums - Musei Vaticani Tip by eksvist

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  • in the forecourt of museums - Vatican City
      in the forecourt of museums
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  • in the forecourt of museums - Vatican City
      in the forecourt of museums
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      The sculpture of Laoco÷n
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      The sculpture of Laoco÷n
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      Staircase of the Vatican Museum
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The Vatican Museums is one of the most important Museum complexes in the world housing very important masterpieces from the Egyptian Age to late Renaissance.
The museums are composed of several sections:
- the Gregorian Etruscan Museum
- the Pinacoteca
- the Missionary-Ethnological Museum
- the Raphael Stanze
- the Sistine Chapel.
Pope Julius II founded the museums in the 16th century.

The Vatican Museums trace their origin to one marble sculpture, purchased 500 years ago. The sculpture of Laoco÷n, the priest who, according to Greek mythology, tried to convince the people of ancient Troy not to accept the Greeks' "gift" of a hollow horse, was discovered 14 January 1506, in a vineyard near the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.
Pope Julius II sent Giuliano da Sangallo and Michelangelo Buonarroti, who were working at the Vatican, to examine the discovery. On their recommendation, the pope immediately purchased the sculpture from the vineyard owner. The pope put the sculpture of Laoco÷n and his sons in the grips of a sea serpent on public display at the Vatican exactly one month after its discovery.

Ticket prices:
Regular 14,00 Euro
Reduced 8,00 Euro

Opening hours
Closed dates:
Sundays, except for the last Sunday of each month, unless it falls at Easter, on June 29 (St. Peter and Paul), or on December 25 and 26 (Christmas Holiday)
Other holidays:
January 1, 6
February 11
March 19
March 23, 24 (Easter - Easter Monday)
May 1,(Ascension Thursday), May 22 (Corpus Christi Day)
August 14-15
November 1
December 8 (Feast of the Immaculate Conception), 25-26.

The tickets queue look the long but time in queue is pass by fast. Mostly you just walking slowly ... Of course there is day, when the queues are longer and then you must to stand in queue some hours. But all, what you see in museum, deserve these queues ...

Address: Viale Vaticano - 00165, 00120 CittÓ del Vaticano
Phone: 06.69884947
Website: http://mv.vatican.va/StartNew_EN.html

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