Vatican Library

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    Pope Sixtus V commissioned the architect Domenico Fontana in 1587 to build a new, larger library, which stands today. The top floor of the building is occupied by the Sistine Hall, which is now part of the Vatican Museums. The richly frescoed hallway is lined with cabinets that for centuries held the library’s manuscripts, which are now housed in a separate but neighboring place in the Secret Vatican Archives, founded under Pope Paul V (1605-1621).

    CP Shelton, Dirk vdE, and 62 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. iWho? 91 months ago | reply

      I could sit and gaze into this room all day. Probably a controversial opinion but I found it more awesome than the Chapel. I am so pleased access to this room is restricted as you can forget about the hoards of tourists as they pass behind.

      Thanks for sharing with "They don't make them like they used to"

    2. richardr 91 months ago | reply

      I thought this was being shut for restoration? Have I confused it with something else?

    3. Lawrence OP 91 months ago | reply

      I think the Sistine Hall is classed as part of the Vatican Museum, and so it remains open. The library proper which is housed beneath this Hall is closed for a 3-year restoration project.

    4. Sir Cam 91 months ago | reply

      fantastic composition, lawrence!

    5. Concha D. 91 months ago | reply

      Amazing place!!!!

    6. *Checco* 91 months ago | reply

      Great place, exceptionally captured!!

    7. a.alfalo 91 months ago | reply

      nice colors

    8. Lawrence OP 91 months ago | reply

      Thank you all. No photo can capture the richness of this Hall, so do try and visit it!

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    10. DAISY R. 91 months ago | reply

      Amazingly wow!

    11. nersess 87 months ago | reply

      Good picture, excellent work!

    12. emiltx56 85 months ago | reply

      Stunning. Lifts my soul to the Lord. Thank you so much for freely sharing this picture which I will use as a screen saver. God bless.


    13. Indiana Jonsmo 75 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Library Beautiful, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    14. Stephanie / seenonflickr 67 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called look what I saw on Flickr!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    15. ragendem 33 months ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing! I made a Nook Wallpaper from this photo.
      I attributed the original photo to you and published the wallpaper under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

    16. Glenn Franco Simmons 6 months ago | reply

      Thank you for posting such awe-inspiring photos, since many of us will never have an opportunity to see in person.

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