12 April-10 July 2006. This exhibition at Berlins Martin-Gropius-Bau gallery explores art and culture in Papal Rome, with over 300 art works on loan from the Vatican Museums, the Fabbrica di San Pietro and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. Dedicated primarily to the history of the building and interior decoration of St Peters basilica in Rome, the exhibition includes sketches, models and sculptures by Bernini for the baldachino, the square, the tombs of the popes and the papal throne, as well as the originals of the altarpieces in St Peters, since replaced by mosaic copies. Instruments used in the emerging sciences of astronomy, botany, mathematics and Christian archeology in the late 16th and 17th centuries are also on display. A CD recording of Baroque music produced specially for the exhibition includes Giorgio Allegris Miserere composed in 1683 for Pope Urban VIII. Admission 7 concessions 4. Sun, Mon & Wed 10.00-20.00, Thurs-Sat 10.00-21.00. Tues closed except public holidays.

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Address Martin-Gropius-Bau is at Niederkirchnerstrae 7, 10963 Berlin. By U-bahn line 2 to Potsdamer Platz. By S-bahn lines 1, 2, 25. By bus M29, M41, 123. Tel. +49 (0) 30 25486-0 post@gropiusbau.de

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Baroque in the Vatican.

Martin-Gropius-Bau is at Niederkirchnerstrae 7, 10963 Berlin. By U-bahn line 2 to Potsdamer Platz. By S-bahn lines 1, 2, 25. By bus M29, M41, 123. Tel. +49 (0) 30 25486-0 post@gropiusbau.de