"The Sistene Chapel in St. Peter's" Vatican Museums - Sistine Chapel Tip by Sandi-2004

Vatican Museums - Sistine Chapel, Rome: 76 reviews and 213 photos

  The ceiling painted by Michelangelo
by Sandi-2004

Built between 1475 and 1483, the Sistine Chapel is today the Pope's official private chapel in the Vatican and the place where cardinals from around the world assemble to elect new popes.

The chapel is rectangular in shape and measures 40.93 meters long by 13.41 meters wide (the exact dimensions of the Temple of Solomon, as given in the Old Testament). It is 20.70 meters high and roofed by a flattened barrel vault.

The Sistine Chapel's main attraction is its magnificent artwork, including Michelangelo's "The Last Judgment", a spectacular fresco covering thousands of square feet of the chapel's ceiling and wall and a "Genesis" ceiling fresco, also painted by Michelangelo, depicting God creating Adam. Botticelli's masterpiece "Temptations of Christ" can also be viewed in the chapel.

Address: 00120 Cittŕ del Vaticano, Vatican City
Phone: +39 06 6988 4676
Website: http://mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/CSN/CSN_Storia.html

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  • Written Sep 17, 2004
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