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Visit the Apostolic Library while in Vatican City

May 30, 2011 - 2:27am
Vatican City
When going on a cruise to Italy, there are sure to be many historically important shore excursions along the way. For those on trips that include a stop in Rome, Vatican City is a must-see, as it is one of the most culturally significant attractions in the country.

St. Peter's Square is a marvel in itself with its remarkable Renaissance-era architecture, as is the gorgeous Sistine Chapel, which features frescoes by Michelangelo. The Vatican Apostolic Library, however, is one of the most intriguing sites in the area.

After undergoing a three-year renovation project, the facility reopened last year with better technologies to help preserve the collection of 1.6 million books and manuscripts. The library is a popular destination among scholars from all over the world for its extensive collection of texts, which helps them along with their research.

The Italian library, which is one of the oldest in the world, was established in the 1400s by Pope Nicholas V. The most famous item it holds, perhaps, is the oldest known Bible that dates back to the year 325.