The Sistine Chapel (; Latin: Sacellum Sixtinum; Italian: Cappella Sistina [kapˈpɛlla siˈstiːna]) is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope, in Vatican City. Originally known as the Cappella Magna, the chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between 1477 and 1480. Since that time, the chapel has served as a place of both religious and functionary papal activity. Today it is the site of the Papal conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected. The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the frescos that decorate the interior, and most particularly the Sistine Chapel ceiling and The Last Judgment by Michelangelo. During the reign of Sixtus IV, a team of Renaissance painters that included Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Cosimo Rosselli, created a series of frescos depicting the Life of Moses and the Life of Christ, offset by papal portraits above and trompe l’oeil drapery below. These paintings were completed in 1482, and on 15 August 1483 Sixtus IV celebrated the first mass in the Sistine Chapel for the Feast of the Assumption, at which ceremony the chapel was consecrated and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Between 1508 and 1512, under the patronage of Pope Julius II, Michelangelo painted the chapel's ceiling, a project which changed the course of Western art and is regarded as one of the major artistic accomplishments of human civilization. In a different climate after the Sack of Rome, he returned and between 1535 and 1541, painted The Last Judgment for Popes Clement VII and Paul III. The fame of Michelangelo's paintings has drawn multitudes of visitors to the chapel ever since they were revealed five hundred years ago.
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  • Hannah

    - 30 May 2018 -

    Is worth seeing and is beautiful! However I found it hard to believe it was a church, so many tourists chatting and pointing... security herding people like cattle....only slight respectful thing was that you weren’t allowed to take photos... If going to marvel at the art you will enjoy.. if going to find a spiritual element, prepare to be disappointed.

  • Arthur Massei

    - 27 May 2018 -

    What a magnificent sight to behold! It is worth the price to do a guided tour because you don't wait in the longest line in the world! CityWonders Dark Rome Guided Tour of the Vatican total cost for 2 people is $154.61. The tour is 3 hours long and you get to go into Saint Peters Basilica. Well worth the price, as there is so much to see it could overwhelm you to the point of exhaustion! There are so many people walking around having a tour guide is the sensible choice.

  • charlie collier

    - 12 May 2018 -

    Sistine Chapel is amazing. Pay a little extra for small group tour makes the experience more enjoyable. Knees and shoulders must be covered for the chapel!!! This surprised some people and they were not allowed access.

  • Andrew L

    - 17 April 2018 -

    I don't often give something 5 stars, but the Sistine Chapel gets it, even when sharing it with over a thousand tourists. It is simply magnificent and the artworks are incredible. To think what they achieved is a superb feat of craftsmanship and creativity. When in Rome this should be your number one attraction. Wow!

  • Sabrina Gell

    - 15 April 2018 -

    I was in awe as I sat in this room looking up at such a fantastic piece of history. It was the culmination of the visit to Vatican City. I had an audio guide from Rick Steves to listen to, and I'm glad I did. It was a great explanation of some of the chapel, how it was done, why, and how long it took. I had never looked up too much info on it, but I was surprised at how much detail was really in it. It was worth every minute of my time and I am so glad I got to go to it. Go visit it and see the wonderful piece of art history. Download an audio guide to get the most out of it.

  • FunmiLaurel Adeyemi

    - 01 February 2018 -

    The Vatican is a place everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. The beauty, art and history is an education that should be experienced. I absolutely LOVE IT!!!

  • Andrew Kan

    - 18 January 2018 -

    Must-see building with amazing architecture and impressive paintings of biblical stories on the walls and ceiling. There are many people in there at once, so it is difficult to stay in one place and stare at the work. There is some seating, but usually full. No talking or picture taking inside. When you are busy admiring the art, the guards interrupt the silence and keep saying "silenzio/silence" and "no pictures".

  • Joey Cal

    - 13 January 2018 -

    Closed at various times throughout the day. A large, open chapel with a number of different stories represented with Michelangelo's paintings. You could linger in the chapel, but there was quite a line to get in. You aren't supposed to take photos in the chapel, and their or plenty of guards who tell you this and remind you to be quiet. However, there are so many people it's quite easy to snap a few pictures with a phone or camera.

  • Ray Talbot

    - 29 December 2017 -

    Iconic place to visit. If visiting independently plan ahead to avoid long queues or use one of the many local tour guides (rates vary). You will need around half a day to visit properly. With tight security carry as little as possible with you or make use of the limited left luggage facility. Captivating atmosphere that has to be experienced first hand. Best to visit first thing in the morning and then have lunch.

  • C. K.

    - 25 November 2017 -

    My visit to the Vatican Museum was okay. Would have been much better if our tour guide was more knowledgeable and experienced in given tours. It was crowded and hot, but I fulfilled a lifelong dream of seeing the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in living color with my own eyes. No average tour guide will take that away. Nevertheless, recommend buying tickets in advance and be willing to deal with large crowds. Also recommend researching the tour agencies before selecting one. Make sure you get a tour guide who is experienced giving tours. This will help in making your visit much more enjoyable, despite the crowds.

  • Sandra

    - 11 May 2018 -

    Very impressive if you know about the hard work that Michelangelo put in, in this masterpiece of art.

  • Daniel Grayson

    - 10 May 2018 -

    Follow the tour groups through their exit to the right (at the end of the chapel) to jump the queue to St Peter’s Basilica. It’s like using the warp pipes in Super Mario Brothers.

  • Kawika Terry

    - 05 May 2018 -

    Keep your phones and cameras in your bags, unless you want them seized by the papal security.

  • Ivan Yanev

    - 18 April 2018 -

    Just astonishing...

  • Martin Asenov

    - 11 April 2018 -

    After visiting take the exit with the stairs to go straight to Saint Peter's basilica - you will skip a very long line

  • Jonathan Chen

    - 26 March 2018 -

    Don’t take pictures, they won’t allow it. Also 🤫🤫🤫

  • Jonathan Chen

    - 26 March 2018 -

    Guided tour was nice, a lot of history and art! Was very beautiful!

  • Daniel Roy

    - 13 March 2018 -

    Super-crowded. The guards try to usher you along towards the exit, but with a bit of luck and ruthlessness, you can grab a seat and take a moment to admire this masterpiece.

  • Miloš

    - 24 February 2018 -

    It's beautiful but crowded, cannot relax at all as the guards and speakers keep screaming NO PHOTOS. Go to the right door after to enter St. Peter's thus skipping the line from the square

  • Anton Dobrev

    - 01 December 2017 -

    It is nice place but my opinion Is that don't deserve to pay 16 euro :)

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