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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Duration: 1 to 4 hours
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Duration: 10 hours
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Duration: 3 hours
Sistine Chapel Reviews
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 »
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.
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