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
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.