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Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

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One of the world's greatest artistic treasures, Sistine Chapel was originally called Capella Magna. The site takes its current name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored the chapel between 1477 and 1480. The structure has long served as a place of both religious and functionary papal activity. It's the site of the papal conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected. The chapel's fame comes mainly from the frescoes decorating its interior. The ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, is the most notable feature and a cornerstone work of High Renaissance art. The ceiling's various elements form part of a larger decoration. The huge fresco entitled "The Last Judgment" is one of Michelangelo's greatest works. Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, and Raphael also contributed to the chapel's impressive interior. Skip the extremely long entry lines by booking a guided tour with the Vatican Museums ahead of time. Use our Vatican City route planner to arrange your visit to Sistine Chapel and other attractions in Vatican City.
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  • Michelangelo's painted ceiling is absolutely amazing! The experience, however, was a little marred by tourists' lack of respect and silence within the crowded chapel. 
    Michelangelo's painted ceiling is absolutely amazing! The experience, however, was a little marred by tourists' lack of respect and silence within the crowded chapel.  more »
  • No words could express the beauty of the Sistine Chapel. Please be mindful and courteous of the chapel rules. This is a very special place and should be respected. 
    No words could express the beauty of the Sistine Chapel. Please be mindful and courteous of the chapel rules. This is a very special place and should be respected.  more »
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  • Absolutely terrific. We did a small group tour & skipped the line. Our tour guide was great. Priceless antiquities of human history are in the Vatican. The imagination of the artists, the colors, their skills are on display throughout the buildings. Catholic or not, this should not be missed if in Rome.
  • Beautiful. Lots of people but just were very respectful and quiet. We were told we were not allowed to take pictures of any kind in the actual chapel. Unfortunate when there is still somebody who figures they are above the rules and takes photos anyway. The rule is meant to protect the integrity of these many hundred-year-old paintings so beautifully restored now. The pictures shown here with my posting are in an area outside the chapel where you are allowed to photograph.

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