Thursday, 21 April 2016

Rome's Birthday at the Museum: The Palazzo dei Conservatori

This year I decided to celebrate the birthday of Rome (April the 21st, if you don't know yet) by profitting of the free entrance to the civic museums.
The Musei Capitolini is one of my favourite places, so I decided to pick them up for a quick "walk tour" with you guys.
The Musei Capitolini are the first public museum of Europe.
It was created on 1471 by the will of Pope Sixtus IV, who donated a group of bronze statues of great symbolic value to the People of Rome (they were the She-Wolf, the Spinarius, the Camillus and the colossal head of Constantine, with hand and globe), as he felt that they belonged to the citizens themselves rather than the Church.
From this first donation more and more Popes added to the collection, some of them "to get rid" of heathen subjects overpopulating the rooms of the Vatican, others to increase the value of the city, until the huge work of archaeological preservation and collection dating 1870, with the declaration of Rome as the Capital of Italy.