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If you're a fan of church history, you're sure to enjoy some of the most famous church paintings in history.

Tour the Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel

Arguably the most recognized and famous of church paintings is Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. The iconic images depicted in this historic Catholic church are included among the Vatican's most treasured possessions.

With the marvel of modern technology, you no longer need to save for a once in a lifetime trip to the Vatican to see these wondrous paintings. The Vatican has now made these art treasures available all over the world with a Virtual Tour, available on the official Vatican website. With a few clicks, you can experience the Sistine Chapel in 3D as you tour the murals at your leisure.

Italy and the Vatican in particular are overflowing with examples of classic religious paintings. St. Peter's Basilica is also well known for its religious statues such as the “ Pieta” and “ David” and other examples of religious artwork from famed artist Michelangelo. You can take a virtual tour of the Basilica online.

Frescoes discovered in Catacombs of Priscilla of Rome have recently been featured in news articles when some used the images depicted in the paintings as proof that early Christians allowed female priests to minister to the masses. The Vatican, however, has officially stated these images as fairy tale women priests. You can view the images yourself as featured in UK news articles.

St. Nicholas Parish Croatian Religious Painting

Sistine Chapel

The beautiful paintings at St. Nicholas Parish in Pittsburgh, PA are another classic example of the ability to view breathtaking religious painting from the comfort of your home. The paintings depict religious scenes from Croatia painted on the parish's walls.

The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York is also a goldmine of artistic religious expression. While most who have visited this site recommend visiting the cathedral in person, you can view pictures submitted by other tourists online from Yelp.

The Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford, CT is a popular tourist destination as well. This beautiful example of religious architecture is a testament of how stained glass windows and carvings can combine to create an elegant and reverent environment for worship.

The Cathedral and Museum of Religious Art of Lima, Peru is featured online as a center of religious artwork. With relief carvings, religious statues, murals, and decorative pillars, this building is chock full of religious scenes.

And if you still haven't gotten your fill of religious artwork, there is delightful Web Gallery of Art available to view online. Here, you can take a guided tour, purchase prints of the artwork, or order your very own oil painting to feature in your own sanctuary.

Religious art is a deeply rooted part of our history and our future. To keep your church's paintings and religious statues in pristine condition, call Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations for a free consultation, (800) 440-1202.


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