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An Exclusive Look into Vatican City on the West Coast

About 2 year(s) ago by Ayres Hotels

Get an exclusive glimpse of Papal Rome here on the West Coast. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library will be the temporary home to one of the largest Vatican collections to ever tour the United States, an exhibit called Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art. The 10,000-foot exhibit holds a vast collection of historical and religious objects, some of which even date all the way back to the first century. Before arriving at the Reagan Library, the exhibit traveled to Philadelphia, coinciding with the historic, Papal Visit that occurred on September 26, 2015. The extraordinary exhibit, which has been produced by Evergreen Exhibitions, also features iconic works by Michelangelo, Bernini, Guercino, and many others.

Visitors are immediately immersed into the sacred world of the Vatican when they step into the theatrical entrance. Whether you are interested in classical history, art, culture, or the Catholic faith, the exhibit will enliven you with its beauty and insight. Not only will there be displays of Michelangelo’s artwork, but also one of his signed documents and a rarely seen bas relief sculpture.

Other pieces include recognized, skeletal remains of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, artifacts found at Saint Peter’s and Saint Paul’s tombs and other historical objects from the modern and ancient basilicas of Saint Peter’s in Rome. These range from mosaics, frescoes, paintings by Renaissance figures, works by famous sculptors, embroidered silk vestments, treasured objects from the Papal Mass, uniforms of the Papal Swiss Guard, historical maps, documents, and relics. These items are all on loan from The Reverenda Fabbrica of Saint Peter, the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls, the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, the Vatican Library, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the Apostolic Floreria, the Papal Swiss Guard, the Vatican Museums, Pontifical Urbaniana University, Private Papal Storehouse, as well as private collections. The showing concludes with the highly anticipated, iconic cast of Saint Paul II’s hand. Many of the objects that Vatican Splendors exhibit displays have never been seen before in North America, and some are not even available to the general public’s eyes in Rome.

Vatican Splendors has been precisely ordered in conjunction with the Congregazione per l’Evangelizzazione dei Popoli of the Vatican City State. The experience marks a true insider’s view into the rich history and foundation of faith in Vatican City.

Purchase your tickets to the special exhibit in advance online. The show on the West Coast will be featured until August 28, 2016, and then the precious objects all return back to the Vatican in Italy. Do not miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity!

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