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Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

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Art Museum · Architectural Building
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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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  • Knew it would be busy but didn’t realise that 10 minutes would be the max in there, and tour guides not allowed to speak and explain, although people with audio guide were allowed to listen to... 
    Knew it would be busy but didn’t realise that 10 minutes would be the max in there, and tour guides not allowed to speak and explain, although people with audio guide were allowed to listen to...  more »
  • The place is spectacular. Be aware that it is crowded at all times. But still you can observe all the paintings details and take some time to think about the historical value of the room. It is a... 
    The place is spectacular. Be aware that it is crowded at all times. But still you can observe all the paintings details and take some time to think about the historical value of the room. It is a...  more »
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  • Absolutely terrific. We did a small group tour & skipped the line. Our tour guide was great. Priceless antiquities of human history are in the Vatican. The imagination of the artists, the colors, their skills are on display throughout the buildings. Catholic or not, this should not be missed if in Rome.
  • Beautiful. Lots of people but just were very respectful and quiet. We were told we were not allowed to take pictures of any kind in the actual chapel. Unfortunate when there is still somebody who figures they are above the rules and takes photos anyway. The rule is meant to protect the integrity of these many hundred-year-old paintings so beautifully restored now. The pictures shown here with my posting are in an area outside the chapel where you are allowed to photograph.

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