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Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

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Architectural Building Religious Site
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. Make Sistine Chapel a centerpiece of your Vatican City vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Vatican City trip builder.
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  • If you arrive first thing in the morning, you will find yourself among maybe 10 people in the Sistine Chapel. Glorious. It's much smaller than I thought it would be.  more »
  • My wife and I have read about the famous long queue (1 to 3 hours) to enter the museum and Sistine chapel if we didn't prebook anything. Or even you have prebook a normal ticket the queue to exchange ...  more »
  • The magic of the Sistine Chapel is kinda ruined by the hundreds of tourists all crammed into the same space. You aren't allowed to take Photos, which is kinda cool in a way because you just have to ex...  more »
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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.