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Vatican Guide, the most comprehensive book which uncovers its secrets

2013-04-28

ANTONIO PAOLUCCI
Director, Vatican Museums
"The Vatican Museums, Vatican City, is houses extensive literature. There are thousands that speak about the Vatican, that speak about each monument, of St. Peter's Basilica.”

However, fitting into one book details of every single corner of the city-state had never been done before. To fill that void, a recent project set out to gather all the secrets within the Vatican, in all its splendor.

ANTONIO PAOLUCCI
Director, Vatican Museums
"Each chapel, each work of art has been analyzed. All of the specialists of the Museums, of the Apostolic Library, the Secret Archives, St. Peter's Basilica has worked on this guide. All technicians, archeologists, art historians talked about what they know to make it a high quality product. But it's written in simple words to make it easy for everyone to understand.”

The book encompasses everything about the Vatican, from the Mass schedule at St. Peter's Square, to instructions on how to get access to the Apostolic Library or the Secret Archives. It covers the Vatican Museums, and the works of art inside it. It makes a must-have for experts as well as curious visitors.

ANTONIO PAOLUCCI
Director, Vatican Museums
"The guide can be used to learn about the Vatican's secrets, that academics can have in their libraries to learn about Bramante, Michelangelo, of Gianlorenzo Bernini or Pietro Perugino. So everything about the Vatican in terms of art history is included in this small book. But it's complete, with many visuals, anything you want to know about the Vatican.”

For now, the Vatican editorial house, LEV, has published 22,000 copies in the first edition. It's available in six languages, and publishers are also working on a digital download version as well.


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