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Capitoline Museums Rome Reviews
The world oldest museum - Capitoline Dec 26, 2011
1471 Pope Sixtus IV found the Musei Capitolini
Fact about Sixtus IV: “He was a complex character – on the one hand he was a great promoter of the arts and introduced the renaissance to Rome. He was the one to commission the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. On the other hand he furthered the agenda of the Spanish Inquisition and condones the slavery going on in the Portuguese colonies.”
The museum isn’t the biggest of the museums of Rome but it is the oldest of tem all - and the exhibition is quite impressive. The museum is located on top of the Capitol Hill and from here you got a pretty good view of Rome if you manage to get there early enough for the remaining daylight and not like me coming just after sunset - this is one good thing about the museum it is open until 8 at night so you can go here and see it late in the day if you like.
The museum was started with a minor donation of Pope Sixtus IV who donated a few bronze statues to the new museum. From this point on the museum’s collection of statues has just grown and today it contains a significant number of the most important statues in the Rome. Among the most important items in the collection is the famous wolf which is nursing Remus and Romulus - the statue is thought to be from the 4th century BC but the twins is probably a later addition.
Other major attractions in the museum are the dying Gaul and the Capitoline Venus. And out in a major room is an equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius.
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