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Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is one of the greatest treasures of the Vatican City, of Rome and of the world in general. It is known as much for its decoration, as for being the temple in which popes are chosen and crowned.

Sistine Chapel ceiling
Sistine Chapel ceiling
Sistine Chapel, The Creation of Adam
The Creation of Adam
Sistine Chapel, Last Judgment
Sistine Chapel's The Last Judgement

The construction of the building was carried out between 1473 and 1481 during the mandate of Pope Sixtus IV, to whom it owes its current name. The architect responsible for the construction was Giovanni of Dolci and it is the only work that he is remembered for.

What grabs the attention in the Sistine Chapel is not its architecture, but the frescoes that completely cover the walls and the ceiling. Some of the most important artists who worked in the chapel are Botticelli, Perugino, Luca and Michelangelo.

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

All of the frescoes of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel are the work of Michelangelo, who spent four years painting the vault between 1508 and 1512.

If there is one thing that stands out from among the images on the ceiling, it is the nine stories from Genesis that occupy the central area: The scenes from the Drunkenness of Noah to the Separation of Light from Darkness are represented.

The Creation of Adam

Without any doubt, The Creation of Adam is the best-known image from the Sistine Chapel. It is located in the central part of the vault and represents the story from Genesis in which God gives life to Adam.

The Final Judgment

Located over the high altar and with some magnificent dimensions (13.7 by 12.2 metres), Michelangelo’s other masterpiece, The Final Judgment, is found. It is a fresco that represents the Apocalypse of St. John.

Decorating the apse occupied five years of Michelangelo’s life, between 1536 and 1541. It was an assignment of the Pope Paul III to cover the murals that existed to that point.

Location

Inside the Vatican Museums.

Hours

Same as Vatican Museums.

Admission

Same as Vatican Museums

Transport

Metro: Cipro-Musei Vaticani, line A (orange).

Map

Sistine Chapel location

Closest attractions

St. Peter's Basilica (0.06 miles)
Vatican City (0.08 miles)
St. Peter's Square (0.16 miles)
Vatican Museums (0.27 miles)
Castel Sant'Angelo (0.63 miles)

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