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The Sistine Chapel (Italian: Cappella Sistina) takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV who had the old Cappella Magna restored during the 15th century. Michelangelo Buonarroti was entrusted the work of painting the ceiling as well as the alter wall where he painted the Last Judgement. This is where the conclave (pope election) and other official ceremonies are held, including some papal coronations.
Eva and I remember walking into this room filled with awe at the amazing myriad of color and talent. The chamber was packed with travellers, both young and old; some praying, some resting in the cool confines of the chapel while others just marvelled at the grandeur of it all.
There were hushed tones and whispers which slowly and inevitably would rise a few decibals and every now and then a guard would walk into the room and quell the sound with a 'Silencieux!'. The voices would ebb into quiet murmurs and the entire process start all over again. We rested ourselves on one of the benches that were aligned towards the sides of the walls and time suddenly seemed to stand still. A very enriching experience.
Directions: Located to the north of Saint Peter's Basilica
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