Treasures of the Vatican Library

Founded in 1475, the library at the Vatican is one of the world’s oldest continually operating libraries. The Vatican library houses a large collection, including 1.1 million printed books, 75,000 manuscripts and 8,500 incunabula (as pictured here, a hand-printed manuscript that was common in Europe prior to the invention of the printing press). Though closed to the public for several years of restoration, the Vatican library re-opened in September of 2010.

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