"Vatican Museum" Vatican Museums - Sistine Chapel Tip by Marpessa

Vatican Museums - Sistine Chapel, Rome: 57 reviews and 118 photos

  Gallery of Maps
by Marpessa

To be quite honest the Sistine Chapel was not how I thought it would look, and even though the ceilings mural is very impressive, I enjoyed the corridors with their paintings, sculptures, mosaics and other pieces of artwork more. When you are in the Chapel you feel everyone is impressed and trying to be quiet (although those not being quiet will be shushed by the guards), but still I was more impressed by other areas of Musei Vaticani.

The Sistine Chapel was built between 1475 and 1483. The most famous piece of art in the chapel is Michelangelo's fresco the Creation of Adam. Michelangelo also painted the Last Judgement, which is found over the altar in the chapel.

But please, don't just shuffle through the long corridors to look at the Sistine Chapel. Take in everything around you as you walk along the long corridors and go from room to room to room. Especially, I liked the 'Gallery of Maps', a gallery that is 120m long and holds 40 large (and incredibly beautiful) maps of the changing regions of Italy through the centuries. The ceiling looks golden and has many incredible works of art (paintings) - it is also along this gallery that you look out the windows and get a nice view of St. Peter's Basilica.

Admission (Museums and Chapel)
Adult: EUR 12
Reduced: EUR 8
Special: EUR 4
(check website for meaning of 'special' and 'reduced')

Opening Hours
(Generally - check website for specific dates)
April 1 to October 31: 8:45am - 4:45pm
November 1 to March 31: 8:45am - 1:45pm.
Closed all Sundays and holidays.

Although on the last Sunday of the month the museum is open with free admission.

Address: Viale Vaticano - 00165, 00120 Citta del Vaticano
Phone: +39 06 69884676
Website: http://mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/MV_Home.html

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 22, 2006
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