Monday, September 13, 2010

Vatican Library Goes Hi-Tech

The Telegraph reports that the Vatican Library has had an extensive renovation. An excerpt:

The library, started by Pope Nicholas V in the 1450s, includes the world's oldest known complete Bible, dating from around 325 and believed to have been commissioned by Emperor Constantine, the first Roman emperor to embrace Christianity.

The library's frescoed reading and research rooms will officially reopen on Sept 20.

Around 5,000 scholars are given permission to conduct research each year but only the Pope is allowed to take a book out of the library.

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