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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. 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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  • Just standing and fooling around and trying to understand what has created the artist ... worth sit to watch a one works because it has several details, too good and I think that's best on the Vatican.
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  • Your just gob smacked at the sight, the history and views within this room are just out of this world 
  • Too bad that this dream is gone if fast I thought I was delighted, but no, but I'm always a fan of Michel Angel
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  • Amazing. Really, the only reason I am writing a review is to document my time here. The history, the place speaks for itself. I will say "take a local" or a friend who knows history. In a pinch I guess you could pay a guide. To truly appreciate the place you need to be aware of the history associated with it.
  • It's a long queue to get in. You have to see it to witness how magnificent this place is. It's serene and surreal. Everyone was in awe. I love how historical this place is! Tip: There is an option to buy an express ticket so if you are in a hurry or don't want to wait hours in line, that's a good option.
  • Simply amazingly Beautiful! The father of German language, Goethe, said "without having seen the Sistine Chapel one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving"
  • The frescos within the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo over 8 years are impressive and a must see for anyone who appreciates art and history. I would encourage anyone to seek a private tour with one of the many operators, opt for one that starts at 8am when the doors open exclusively to tours to beat the crowds.
  • The famed chapel is visited as part of the Vatican Museum tour. Once you walk in the room you are blown away at the detail and intricacy of this masterpiece.