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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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  • A lot of historical culture. Was really interesting and would recommend. Was a good length of a museum. Took 2-3 hours so make sure you plan your day around this!  more »
  • We were lucky in that it wasn't very crowded - our wait was only 5 minutes. I would have liked to take photos but unfortunately photos are not allowed.  more »
  • It's hard not to like, it is so drilled into us how historic and important this place is, that regardless of the truth, it at least is a cultural icon. We got in with a provider as the first group...  more »
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  • One of the single places on earth with the biggest concentration of artworks. Not only Michelangelo, but all the most important Renaissance painters left their mark in this chapel. The crowd in there is unbelievable, because of the tourists who take pictures (which is forbidden) rather than silently admiring.
  • Nice part of the Vatican to visit. I recommend going to see this earlier in the day when the room is less busy and quieter. Take your time in there as well as once you leave you can't get back in.
  • So many masterpieces that its impossible to capture all the details in a single visit. We opted for a guided tour to get as much information and guide our eyes to see the intricate designs, progression in technique and the variances in style. No photos allowed but I'm sure you can easily find plenty.
  • While the artwork is fabulous, the overall experience of being in the Chapel isn't enjoyable due to the number of people there with you. It doesn't help that the people management system means you can't go backwards, and so you are funneled forward through the building to be able to access earlier parts of the museum. If you're not on a guided tour already, latch on to one of the dozens of tour groups that will be in there with you to understand a bit more about the artwork which is suitably rich in meaning.
  • Beautiful artwork but you'll get little time to actually appreciate it. The security basically push you through the place and get you out. They need to limit the number of people in the chapel but the Catholic church obviously can't say no to the money.

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