Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Great Second Life Destinations: Now Open -- The Magnificent Vatican Library

Xinoxi Han sponsors some of the most beautiful and culturally significant attractions in Second Life, including the recently reopened Museum Island, Polynesian Cultural Center, and the gorgeous baroque Wilanow Palace.  Xinoxi's latest attraction, which was designed by and is a gift from Carlolello Zapatero, the architect of Museum Island, is the Vatican Library, which has just opened.

Carlolello's design is stunning and quite simply one of the most most beautiful structures to have ever been constructed in Second Life. I was given a preview of the library, which I can share with you in these photographs.

The Vatican Library is one of the most important repositories of information in the world, and is particularly important its collection of ancient and medieval materials. The library, established in 1450, is open to anyone who can document their research needs. The best known part of the library, the beautiful Sistine Hall, was designed by Swiss-Italian Architect Domenico Fontana and built around 1590.

The Sistine Hall's magnificent frescoes and murals were painstakingly restored from 2007 - 2010 as part of a restoration of the entire library.  Photography of the restored library can be found at Second Life residents are fortunate to be able to appreciate the library with Carlolello's superb virtual build.

All photography in this post uses Windlight Sky Setting Bree's Appleblossom, which I prefer for its bright and clear blue light and lack of heavy shadows.  This setting comes preinstalled in Firestorm and other viewers.

The Vatican Library is a must-see destination -- make sure to visit.


(Note; You can flip the pages of the books and codexes on display by touching them)

The library is located on a sky platform above the Illumination Library which similarly showcases books in several gorgeous settings. You can catch the Illumination Library, Wilanow Palace, and Museum Island on the ground level in a multi-sim complex through this SLurl:


To find our more about the Vatican Library:

The official web site of the Vatican Library (available in English):

The Vatican Library is currently digitizing many important collections and will be making them avialable via the web.  To find our more about this important project:

To see my other reviews and photography of attractions that are sponsored by Xinoxi Han:

Polynesian Cultural Center:

Museum Island (reopened in May 2015):

Wilanow Palace, A Polish Baroque Masterpiece set in a Gorgeous Park Setting:

Xinoxi Han and Eddi Haskell

Xinoxi Han's sponsored attractions continued:

Wilanow Palace Interiors:

The Illumination Library:

The Royal Opera and Ballroom:

To see more gorgeous places to visit in Second Life:

I made the following GIF to show different pages available by touching a the books on display over at


  1. Thank you Eddie for your perfect review. I totally agree. It is absolutely a beautiful 3d reconstruction! My best compliments to Miss Xinoxi Han to promote good work like this and a great "bravo" to the designer Mr Carlolello Zapatero for his effort to give to all community of SL such a special fine and detailed gift. Morgan Darkrose.

    1. Thank you so much for the kind comment, and congratulations to everyone who built this great attraction for all to visit!


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