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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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  • August 18, 2017
    It is advisable to pre-book tickets to avoid standing in ticket buying line. The Vatican website is secure and reliable. The route to the Sistine Chapel is through the Vatican museum. Take your time t...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Lovely lovely place but all focused. The frescoes are wonderful especially the creation of Adam. I recommend it to everyone, shame about the rude people who also have bans everywhere where they can't make the same picture.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Greetings travelers, the Sistine Chapel in a great icon of the Vatican. Step I tell you are not permitted to take pictures or videos inside the chapel. If you took any tour at this point you will give several minutes for estes inside and marvel with the frescoes of Michelangelo and enjoyments of the Final judgement Chapel iconic work. Inside peace should not breathing since there are so many people it is impossible. While they have guards that they are constantly asking him to present to silence and solemnity that is not met. While I was inside, I thought about the large number of people and personalities who have walked these floors and I felt lucky to be there and amaze me as so many millions of people have done. Highly recommended.
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  • What an incredible place! I literally sat in awe thinking about the level of detail and effort put into the entire building but specifically the Sistine chapel, it's undoubtedly one of the most amazing places I have been. A must see when visiting Rome.
  • Breathtaking. Hard to adequately express the impact of the Sistine chapel ceiling in words so let the visual art do the talking. Amazing difference between MB executed ceiling and side walls executed by others is stark. Primary drawback is the policy of no picture-taking....tsk..tsk on the Vatican museum.
  • The Vatican is absolutely incredible! The artwork is completely breathtaking, and the building itself is divine. I wish it wasn't so crowded but nevertheless it was still enjoyable. Just magnificent!
  • The Sistine Chapel was amazing. When I went, I'd been studying classical art for only a short amount of time, and I was simply awestruck. I'm not a Catholic, but I think that should play very little part in what one thinks of such a masterpiece, whether it is used for religious purposes or not. Absolutely stunning.
  • I expected more. The art was cool, but in my time in Italy I've seen far more impressive art covered ceilings. Can't see anyone actually being able to practice religion in here with the mass crowding and announcer telling everyone to stop taking photos every other minute.

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