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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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  • There's not many adjectives to explain what we feel and see the Sistine Chapel. We chose and we advise you to go with a guide, after learning the story itself we get a thrilling perspective about the same. No doubt that is a binding site for the Vatican to visit. Many people ignore the rules of cannot take pictures, but many do ... but you can't be too careful the fine €2000 Valley and the bouncers are constantly making warnings.
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  • Must go! This creation of great masters will not leave you without emotions! In the pictures, each person can find something special for his soul! Go and enjoy what you see!  more »
  • The climax of the visit of the Museum of the Vatican: I mean normally. The room is crowded the guards yell in order to manage the flow of visitors and ask them to forward.. .no photo! Short too crowded and impossible to really enjoy. I saw more on Internet than on-site.
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  • If you have an opportunity to go to the Sistine chapel. Go.. ask a guide.. skip the queue and take a guided tour (€35-€55) well, well worth it. Our Guide was so knowledgeable. They ask you to stay quiet. And no photos in the chapel itself. Some things just need to be seen. Amazing.
  • One of the highlights of the museum. Try your best to visit this place because it’s truly worth it especially if you’re Catholic. I strongly recommend buying your ticket in advance to minimize long lines (you cannot avoid this and it’s way longer during the summertime) or for an extra fee, join a small tour that could let you in faster. Their collections are top notch - better if not comparable with the world’s best. The tour ends inside St. Peter’s where you can take the stairs down to a small catacomb. It’s easy to get amazed by the grandeur it offers, but please take time to offer a prayer.
  • The Chapel is amazingly decorated with paintings. The famous ceiling is breath taking. I recommend learning about it before you get in or get some guide to explain it before you get in. The chapel is only accessable through Vatican museum and from there you can go back to the museum or out to St. Peter's Basilica and square
  • In 2009 my husband and I traveled to Vatican City and visited the Sistine Chapel. A truly historic attraction. This is a must see for people of all walks of life. Hours can go by before wanting to leave. There is no point in going to Rome/Vatican City if you do not attend this magnificent chapel. My idea of heaven is surrounded by Michelangelo's masterpieces, his artistic versatility was of such a high order. The Last Judgment has always been my favorite. It is a depiction of the Second Coming of Christ and the final and eternal judgment by God of all humanity. The souls of humans rise and descend to their fates, as judged by Christ who is surrounded by prominent saints. Magnificent, holy, breathtaking and inspiring, a must see for all kinds of people. Highly recommend!
  • Absolutely amazing, we did a skip the queue tour with Maya Roma tours and it was great. We went straight in, had to go through security but then our tour began. The tour guide Alma was great and full of interesting facts. Its a wonderful and stunning place to see but it was very busy and hectic which made it difficult to really appreciate it. Still glad we went and got to see it. Remember you must cover your shoulders and knees to go into both the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica, dress appropriately or bring a scarf for your shoulders.
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