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Sistine Chapel threatened by tourism

Experts are warning that the 500-year-old Sistine Chapel is at risk due to the 20,000 visitors the site receives each day. I was just there a couple months ago and it was beautiful…but also jam-packed with people.

“The anthropic pressure with dust, the humidity of bodies, carbon dioxide produced by perspiration can cause discomfort for the visitors and, in the long run, damage to the paintings,” Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican Museums, wrote in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

“We might limit access, putting a cap on the number of visitors. We will do this, if the pressure from tourism were to increase beyond a reasonable level and if we were to fail in resolving the problem efficiently,” Paolucci said.

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Story: Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News | Photo: Discovery News

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