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Vatican Museums

Endangered Sistine Chapel to be opened for outside fundraiser

Despite worries about the impact of millions of tourists on Michelangelo's precious frescoes, the Sistine Chapel is opening its doors for the first time to a new kind of tourist to support Pope Francis' charities.

Porsche enthusiasts will pay 5,000 euros ($6,400) each for a tour in and around Rome that will include an exclusive after-hours concert inside the Sistine Chapel and a dinner in the Vatican Museums on Saturday.

Vatican DVDs let everyone see things even most serious tourists don't

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Some 5.5 million visitors toured the Vatican Museums last year, and the numbers continue to grow. "The popularity of Pope Francis has reverberated onto the museums," Antonio Paolucci, the museums' director, told journalists.

Now, for the first time, digital technology is taking visitors not only through the museums, but also further inside the Vatican than has ever before been possible.

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