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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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  • The ceiling is an icon of the art world, accomplished in just 4 short years, making Michelangelo's masterpiece timeless. Not to mention the Last Judgement that takes up the entire wall behind the alta...  more »
  • One cannot describe this painted ceiling. You have to see it and spend time gazing up to get the scope of this artwork masterpiece. Our advice is to study about it ahead of time, or go with a private ...  more »
  • I take the entrance to the Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel. In the page is difficult to understand the number of types of tickets that are. The Chapel itself is very large, crowded but a pleasure to see, can not believe be there. They're not taking pictures. It's really impressive, not miss!
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  • I was in awe as I sat in this room looking up at such a fantastic piece of history. It was the culmination of the visit to Vatican City. I had an audio guide from Rick Steves to listen to, and I'm glad I did. It was a great explanation of some of the chapel, how it was done, why, and how long it took. I had never looked up too much info on it, but I was surprised at how much detail was really in it. It was worth every minute of my time and I am so glad I got to go to it. Go visit it and see the wonderful piece of art history. Download an audio guide to get the most out of it.
  • I don't often give something 5 stars, but the Sistine Chapel gets it, even when sharing it with over a thousand tourists. It is simply magnificent and the artworks are incredible. To think what they achieved is a superb feat of craftsmanship and creativity. When in Rome this should be your number one attraction. Wow!
  • Amazing artwork and great once in a lifetime experience. Would probably not revisit. Very crowded and can get quite warm with the crowds. If you observe closely, the ceiling artwork nicely summarizes Biblical events from Genesis to Revelations. Definitely a good reminder to believers and non-believers alike. Holy place. Just a reminder that photography is forbidden inside the Chapel. Anywhere outside (Museum and galleries) is fine. I cannot understand why visitors still sneak a photo or two in when you can get good quality prints in the bookstore after.
  • I am not religious but this place truly is Awesome! I had a guide who walked us through the Vatican Museum, you apparently can not just go straight to the Chappel you need to visit different areas 1st which was cool with the guide telling you a ton of facts about the place, you can rent light recorded information with headphones tap the numbers you see & it brings up the relevant information for you to listen don’t know how much they were to rent sorry, entire place was amazing with the chapel well up on my favourites list, no flash photography but I saw plenty of flashes going of, as I said earlier AWESOME! Treat your self to a slice of history that goes back to the days that Jesus walked the world. Enjoy!
  • Let me start by saying that you need to book your tickets online. There is an additional fee of 4 euros but the alternative is waiting in line whilst having at least 200 people in front of you. You book the tickets online, you have your voucher with you and you just skip the line. Other than that the sistina Chapel is phenomenal. Totally recommend going there.
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