Sistine Chapel “safe and sound”

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Measures put in place to protect the Sistine Chapel and its priceless frescoes from damage caused by crowds of tourists are working. Joel Flynn reports.

Sistine Chapel “safe and sound”

It’s one of the most famous scenes in the history of art – and there had been worries about its safety.

But Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling is safe says the Vatican, along with a plethora of other priceless frescoes there.

Dust, body sweat and carbon dioxide had posed a major risk to the Chapel, which are more than 500 years old.

That meant that visitors, which can reach up to 20,000 a day, can pose a threat.

The Vatican have now said that measures put in place to protect the paintings are working.

SOUNDBITE (Italian) Head of the conservator’s office, Vatican Museums, Vittoria Cimino, saying:

“The situation is under control as long as we manage to keep in check the level of carbon dioxide, which was far too high, and which we have more than halved, we’ve really reduced it.”

Shtudies have also found that restoration work was still in excellent condition.

SOUNDBITE (Italian) Head of the conservator’s office, Vatican Museums, Vittoria Cimino, saying:

“Our attention, our commitments and our economic resources must focus on creating a suitable, controlled microclimate to prevent the emergence of dangerous conditions such as those we had noted starting to develop.”

The timing couldn’t have been better:

The chapel is expected to receive even more visitors during the upcoming Jubilee Year, when millions of pilgrims will visit Rome.

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