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Pope Francis to meet with Palestinian president on Saturday

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Former house of the Popes turned into presidential residence, open to the world

2014-06-28

The Quirinale Palace is among the most important sites in Rome. Nearly all the major architects from the 16th to the 18th Century contributed in some way to its development.

It also safeguards artwork, furniture, tapestries and an impressive collection of clay objects built by former Popes themselves.

Inside the papal bedroom, covered by tapestries, a hidden door leads to small oratory within a chapel.

All of these details can be discovered online, thanks to a virtual, 3D tour of the palace. It gives users a privileged view of building exterior and its interior. An audio guide also explains the story behind each room, and describes the use of the building.

The paintings and elaborate tapestries detail scenes, like the life of St. Paul, or the story of Don Quixote. 

An added advantage is that online users can explore the artworks up close though high definition lens. 

The best part of this unique tour is that it can be done anywhere, anytime, simply by visiting www.quirinale.it.


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