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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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  • Please book tickets before hand to skip the line Its the most amazing place, no camera allowed hence no pics but its mind blowing pics posted are of the way leading to sistine chapel 
    Please book tickets before hand to skip the line Its the most amazing place, no camera allowed hence no pics but its mind blowing pics posted are of the way leading to sistine chapel  more »
  • This might be the most impressive thing I've ever seen. Its incredibly beautiful and detailed, Michelangelo's enormous masterpiece. Bear in mind you are not able to take any photos in the chapel. 
    This might be the most impressive thing I've ever seen. Its incredibly beautiful and detailed, Michelangelo's enormous masterpiece. Bear in mind you are not able to take any photos in the chapel.  more »
  • One of my absolute top 3 when in Rome - sheer phenomenal beauty! And especially when you get to know under which circumstances the artefacts where created! 
    One of my absolute top 3 when in Rome - sheer phenomenal beauty! And especially when you get to know under which circumstances the artefacts where created!  more »
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  • I can appreciate the history behind it but I fail to understand why the ceiling of this place seems to be one of the highlights of Rome. If you can, be sure to do the entire tour of the Vatican Museum. Along your way you will see dozens of long hallways with tall ceilings, all of which are painted with beautiful art. Don't rush to see it, rather enjoy all the other beautiful art Rome shows you just by walking anywhere.
  • I’m not sure why anyone would review this iconic landmark. It’s among the most memorable and must see places of human accomplishment and art; ingenuity on the entire earth. Though smaller than most people imagine and not so grand in its design as much of its crafted arts and mystique. It’s a place if in Rome you absolutely must see.
  • It’s just stunning. Somehow we got there but the journey was a labyrinth. We did not follow the signs, just moved by instincts and it seems it was designed to be the last part of the tour. Obviously we were not allowed to take pictures and it was crowded, so we just enjoyed the view for some minutes. You can also take sit to stay a little longer there.
  • Something you need to see with your own eyes. Absolutely incredible! Unfortunately you're not allowed to take pictures inside the chapel but you can spend as long as you like in there admiring the art
  • Super annoying they don't let you sit or talk or take pictures. I wanted to use my camera.to.zoom in so i could see the photos better at least! But what.i could see was beautiful.

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