The Vatican has announced that its museums, including the famous Sistine Chapel, will open on Monday, AFP reported. Tourists will be able to enjoy the renovated rooms of Raphael, as well as other values of art and history. Museum curators have used coronavirus-induced closures to carry out maintenance and restoration activities. A thorough cleaning of the 15th-century frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, which is visited by about 6 million people a year, has also been carried out. “The pope’s museums are looking forward to seeing you,” a museum statement said. The Vatican Museums, founded by Pope Julius II in the 16th century, were closed for 88 days due to restrictive measures imposed in connection with the coronavirus pandemic. This is the longest period during which they were imprisoned after the Second World War, BTA reported. Visitors will be able to view the museum’s collections from Monday to Friday, but will need to book their tickets in advance. A special schedule will be organized for the visits so that there are not too many crowds at the same time, notes AFP.
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