ROME: At the centre of Rome, within the walls of the Vatican, stand some of the greatest museums in the world, displaying thousands of treasures and artworks from the immense collection of the Catholic Church, to yearly visitors that number over 4 million. In this episode we climb a scaffold to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel to discover the secret of Michelangelo’s genius and why he feuded with the Pope, then hunt for the miscreants who defaced a Raphael masterpiece with hate filled graffiti. We reveal the censor responsible for putting fig leaves on penises, then gain access to the secret Vatican Archives to uncover the true story of the Knights Templar. We find out why a Vatican scientist took an Egyptian mummy to the hospital, then finally… We examine a statue that depicts a man under attack by snakes to discover who he was and if he deserved such a horrible fate.
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