Vatican Museum visits up in 2013

VaticanmusemVatican Museum director Antonio Paolucci reported this month that the number of people visiting the Vatican Museums reached an all time high in 2013 – Five and a half million visitors.   This is attributed to the ‘Pope Francis effect’.

In 2014, Easter celebrations and the upcoming canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II in Rome will draw Catholics from all over the world. The enthusiasm for the impressive achievement is however tempered by concerns about the safeguard and preservation of one of the most important artistic heritage of the world, which will have to withstand the increasing pressure of tourists.

The first to gear up for this is the Sistine Chapel, which will be adding a new LED lighting that will provide energy savings of 60%. Other measures include air exchange safety, the abatement of pollutants, and the control of temperature and humidity thanks to a system that will be tested in May 2014.

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