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The Vatican’s Gallery of Maps.
Undoubtedly one of my favorite halls within the Vatican Museums. This room is wallpapered with map after map frescoed on the wall. The maps date from 1580 to 1585, when Pope Gregory XIII commissioned the famous geographer Ignazio Danti to create drawings of Italy and all its Papal properties at the time. The paintings are based on those drawings.
The 120-meter long gallery also contains a vaulted ceiling full of artwork from other artists of the time.
Source: Official Vatican web site
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