Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
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Rome —the city of popes, intrigues, pilgrims, a place where faith and art intertwine — a place to experience magnificent monuments and artworks with no peers in the world.
The Vatican State, and the resulting creation of the Vatican Museums, make Rome the world's most important religious and artistic center. Visitors to Rome can simply not skip the Vatican Museums, with their many sections full of masterpieces collected by Popes over the centuries.
They are referred to as museums in the plural because they are made of many buildings, in which the art is organized by time and theme. The Carriage Pavilion, the Map Gallery, the Candelabra Gallery, the Pius-Clementine Museum, the Etruscan Museum, the Egyptian Museum,and the Vatican Art Gallery make up the museums' core and lead to the end of the museum itinerary. Coming to a pinnacle of beauty in the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel
Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel decoration replaced a starry ceiling from the Middle Ages. He divided the ceiling's space in large squares that contain the stories of the Old and New Testaments. Michelangelo Buonarroti's genius was given free rein on the vast surface. The figures of Genesis are imbued with vivid colors, and the result is a masterpiece the likes of which had never been seen before in human history. Michelangelo's greatness extended to his work on the wall behind the altar. Pope Paul III brought in Michelangelo, who was already in his sixties at this point, to paint the Last Judgment. In his depiction, Christ raises his right arm, giving the scene movement and dividing the faithful between the blessed and the damned. The very aspects that impress us most today, leaving us dumb-struck by their incredible beauty, were considered indecent and outrageous at the time. The painter Daniele da Volterra even intervened to add drapes to cover the figures' nudity, later removed during the first restorations.
The Vatican Museums are surrounded by the Vatican Gardens, which can be toured on an eco-friendly minibus. The gardens are awe-inspiring for their size and the extreme care taken in their tending. Ample evidence of their size is that the Vatican radio and train station are located within them.
The Vatican State and its museums are a treasure trove of inestimable value for the world, and proof of this is in the memory of them that will stay emblazoned long after on your minds.