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Vatican Launches Art Collection Website

( [email protected] ) Jun 26, 2003 01:23 PM EDT

The Vatican launched a new site for the Vatican Museums on the



24th of June, displaying its extravagant art collection to the



world. The site offers a virtual reality tour of the museums



and galleries of the Vatican, including a three-dimensional



video to view Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel.



The site will hopefully attract tourists and expose the



message of the Church to the world. "The tool of the Web, with



its enormous potential, allows us to get closer to an



ever-growing number of people to spread the message of



evangelization around the world," said Cardinal Edmund Casimir



Szoka, an official at the Vatican's museums and galleries.



Visitors may click onto www.vatican.va, and view galleries of



the Egyptian and Etruscan museums, the Pinacoteca painting



gallery, the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel -all of



which are part of a collection that is recognized as the



world's cultural patrimony by the U.N. culture agency and



UNESCO.



According to Vatican officials, the goal of the site was to



give potential tourists, scholars and curious Web browsers a



sampling of Vatican holdings while taking advantage of the



Internet and the "universal language" of art to spread Pope



John Paul II's message.