Why you should visit the Vatican Historical Museum

The beautiful Vatican City houses an extensive collection of art, history, and culture. The city is famous for its large extension of museums, known as the Vatican Museums. Within this assortment, lies the Vatican Historical Museum, a museum dedicated to artefacts used and owned by past popes.

History of the Vatican Museums

The Vatican City museums began in 1503, by the recently named Pope Julius II. The museum’s assortment of pieces grew from affluent families, past popes, and future pope’s private collections became public. Vatican Museums grew in size, from the immense assortment of collections required more buildings to host the works. The Vatican Historical Museum was founded in 1973, by the Pope at the time, Paul VI.

The layout of the Vatican Museums

The museum was first hosted in the environments under the Square Garden, before it moved to the Lateran Palace, formally known as the Apostolic Palace of the Lateran. The building is beautifully designed, done in 1586 but Domenico Fontana, depicting beautiful ceiling decorations with frescoes at the entrance. It is divided into two wings, the principal and the annex wing.

What to see in the Vatican museums?

The principal wing is home to all the artistic and historical artefacts of the museum. The paintings of the papal states are shown here. Depicting the history of the past, State of the Church who once ruled over a large amount of Italy, led by the Pope in the 8th century until 1870. Other memorabilia of the Papal States are shown here, including old documents, religious pieces, and ancient artefacts. Learn about the country’s history, which led to the Vatican City to become its own country.

The second wing, the annex wing, is located on the ground floor of the building. And displays the larger historical items. These include the beautifully decorated carriages that led the pope around, as well as past saddles, wagons, and the very first car ever used by the Popes. It also had a model of the city’s first train engine, created in 1929. Illustrating the incredible engineering skills of the past citizens of the Vatican City.

Learn more about this incredible city as you wander the halls of the historic museum. No trip to Vatican Museums is complete without a visit to this iconic sight. It would be a great idea to check the opening times prior to your trip.

Be sure to check out our Extended Vatican Museums and Gardens Tour today!

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