Sistine ChapelCappella Sistina
World-famous chapel hiding fresco paintings by artists such as Michelangelo and Sandro Botticelli. It's definitely a must visit when in Rome.
Viale Vaticano, 00165 Vatican City, Italy
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More information about Sistine Chapel
The Sistine Chapel is a prime destination in Vatican City. Renowned for its magnificent yet unadorned architecture and incredible interior decoration, it is situated in the Apostolic Palace, where the pope resides. As well as playing host to endless crowds of tourists, eager to marvel at its glory, it also serves as the venue to the extraordinary and dramatic „papal conclave“; the election of the pope. During this event, crowds (and the media) await the appearance of black or white smoke from the chimney; white indicating the successful election of a new pope.
It is a great shame for those visitors who just pop in, run around, and dash off to the next attraction, for they miss out on the true wonders the chapel holds. Take your time and marvel at the frescoes of Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, and Pinturicchio—they are a sight to behold. The Northern, Southern and Eastern parts of the chapel are brimful of them.
And perhaps the chapel’s most famous treasure is its ceiling, 12,000 ft² (1,200 m²) of which was painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512—believed to be his highest achievement in painting. Even novice art admirers will recognize his famous Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment. Occasionally, for ceremonies, the walls are further adorned by tapestries, the originals of which were designed especially for the chapel by Raphael. But, true to its roots, the chapel has been holding mass regularly, as it has done since 1483, and the Sistine Chapel Choir compliments its beauty with music.
To reach the Chapel, follow the Vatican Wall north from St. Peter's Square; a walk of no more than 15mins. If you don't want to waste time waiting in the line, arrive as early as 8 a.m. for opening at 8:30 a.m. No pre-booking is required, but please do remember not to wear shorts or short skirts. Guided tours are arranged by fax to the Museum (+39 06 6988 5100) or through authorized travel agents.
Mon - Sat: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Last Sun of the month: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m, admission free
Reduced (children 6-18, students till 27): €8
Disabled visitors, children (under 6): free
The ticket allows access to all of the Vatican museums.
Phone: +39 06 69884676
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