Why You Should Visit Vatican’s Sistine Chapel

Of all the attractions in the Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel is arguably the most famous. This iconic building owes most of its fame to Michelangelo’s masterpieces on its ceiling. Millions of people travel from all corners of the globe to view these magnificent artworks and you will undoubtedly understand this the moment you set foot in the Sistine Chapel.

The Frescoes within the Chapel

What’s curious about the frescoes within the walls of the Sistine Chapel is that Michelangelo’s works were actually the very final additions to the already-exquisitely painted interior. Under the watchful eye of Pope Sixtus IV, after whom the chapel was named, the hands of Sandor Botticelli, Pietro Perugine, Pinturicchio, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Cosimo Roselli brought the walls of this building to life. It was only once the walls had reached completion that Michelangelo was commissioned to complete the chapel’s aesthetic by working on the ceiling. While most people who haven’t visited the Sistine Chapel will think of Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” piece, or perhaps his “The Last Judgment” the ceiling is actually comprised of a total of nine panels, each telling a biblical story. All of this took place several decades after the original construction of the chapel in 1473.

The Architecture

Though there are as many as 54 museums in the Vatican, and around 1400 rooms full of art in the city, nothing quite compares to the Sistine Chapel. While it may be known best for its artworks, and rightly so, there is a lot more to this building. In fact, the building itself is a work of art in its own right. Designed by Giovanni of Dolci, this magnificent building was brought to life. What makes this so fascinating is that even though this is one of the world’s most iconic buildings, it is the only structure that Giovanni is known for. A number of ceremonies are held in the Sistine Chapel as well. The Papal Conclave, which is the process that takes place when selecting a new Pope, is the most significant of the ceremonies that takes place here. This makes the Sistine Chapel one of the most important buildings in the Vatican City.

To visit the Sistine Chapel truly is an experience like no other, and while it may be absolutely packed with visitors from all over the world, you can still get lost in the marvelous frescoes which line the walls and ceiling. This building and all that it contains is the epitome of the Vatican’s artworks.

Visit the Sistine Chapel on our Rome Tour with Colosseum and Vatican.

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