Friday, October 08, 2010

The Vatican Library Reopens its Doors

Vatican library reopens after 3-year restoration

By NICOLE WINFIELD (AP) – Sep 13, 2010

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican's Apostolic Library is reopening to scholars following a three-year, euro9-million ($11.5- million) renovation to install climate-controlled rooms for its precious manuscripts and state-of-the-art security measures to prevent theft and loss.

The library, started by Pope Nicholas V in the 1450s, houses one of the world's best collections of illuminated manuscripts. It includes the oldest known complete Bible, dating from about 325 and believed to have been one of the 50 bibles commissioned by Emperor Constantine, the first Christian Roman leader.

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