European Year of Cultural Heritage. Cultural heritage has a universal value for us as individuals, communities and societies. It is important to preserve and pass on to future generations. For this reason the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 has been instituted with the slogan: “Our heritage: where the past meets the future”. The aim is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe’s cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. Vatican City State is dedicating a 2 euro commemorative coin to the European Year of Cultural Heritage. The coin features a reproduction of the Laocoon statue group, one of the principal masterpieces found at the Vatican Museums. Discovered on 14 January 1506 in a vineyard on the Oppian Hill in Rome, it was acquired by Pope Julius II who had it moved to the Vatican. In the years that followed, the “Court of Statues” - today the “Octagonal Court” - became home to the first core group of prominent antique classical sculptures that would profoundly influence artistic culture in later centuries. Its placement is considered the founding moment of the creation of what would become one of the most important museums in the world.
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