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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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  • Lovely paintings etc. but it was so crowded with people trying to take selfies. In the end I just had to get out as all the people pushing and shoving me made me feel so claustrophobic.  more »
  • Seeing it up close and in person takes your breathe away. It's amazing and wondrous. How is it possible one man created this?  more »
  • The artwork is amazing and it will give you goosebumps, however it is just too cramped and noisy for an Autistic person like myself.  more »
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  • My advice if you are really big fan of arts and there are not so big line to get inside, you have to go , but definitely you should bring an excursion, because you don’t understand anything in this museum. For me the museum was neutral, but I didn’t sorry, because I realized it for my personal experience and didn’t stand in a large queue.
  • Breathtaking. Words and pictures do not do it justice. Intricately designed and flawlessly painted. I highly recommend the skip the line early entry tickets to see it with less of a crowd.
  • Very pretty! But tour groups are incredibly overwhelming and makes it hard to appreciate or enjoy. Best time to visit is a Tuesday but even then was over shadowed by big groups
  • Breathtaking art throughout the Vatican, especially the Sistine Chapel. Go with a very small group. Long lines, very warm chapel because of the body heat. It was worth the trip and money! Would love to visit again.
  • This is where Google is missing a trick... some places need an extra star and then some. EVERYONE should have this on their bucket list as it is just superb. A fantastic set of frescoes, painted by one man who considered himself a sculptor first and foremost. It is simply breath-taking... Prepare to crick your neck!!!
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