Cappella Sistina

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Displaying the most admired ceiling in the world, regarded as Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel is best known for its decoration, but it’s also the temple in which popes are selected and crowned. During the reign of Sixtus IV, Renaissance painters such as Botticelli, Perugino, and Rosselli created a series of frescoes in the 15th century depicting the Life of Moses and the Life of Christ.

Only between 1508 and 1512, under the patronage of Pope Julius II, Michelangelo painted the chapel’s ceiling and returned in 1535 to paint another segment, The Last Judgement, over the high altar. The Creation of Adam became the most well-known image of the Cappella Sistina and it is located in the central part of the vault, representing the story of Genesis in which God gives life to Adam.

The building itself, constructed between 1473 and 1481 under the instructions of architect Giovannino de’ Dolci, is supposed to have the same interior dimensions of the Temple of Solomon as given in the Old Testament.

Contacts & Details

Città del Vaticano 00120 Vatican City

Monday:

09:00 – 16:00

Tuesday:

09:00 – 16:00

Wednesday:

09:00 – 16:00

Thursday:

09:00 – 16:00

Friday:

09:00 – 16:00

Saturday:

09:00 – 16:00