Vatican library plans to digitise 82,000 of its most valuable manuscripts – Telegraph

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A 1,600-year-old manuscript featuring the poems of Virgil is among the collection being digitised by the Vatican Apostolic Library with the help of a Japanese IT firm

An illustration of the Dante’sDivina Commedia realized by artist Sandro Botticelli in the XV century recently digitalised Photo: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana/Reuters

A rare Roman manuscript featuring the poems of Virgil dating back to 400AD is among thousands of historic items the Vatican’s library plans to publish online.

Vatican Apostolic Library, founded in 1451 and considered one of the world’s most important research libraries, is hoping in the next four years to archive its entire collection of 82,000 manuscripts, comprising more than 41 million pages.

The €8 million (£7 million) project will mean that the Roman Catholic Church’s most precious documents will be available to the public for…

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