Your Ultimate Guide To Exploring The Sistine Chapel in Rome

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One of the most revered tourist attractions in Vatican City and even the world, the Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace. The papal chapel has tremendous religious significance and is the place where popes are crowned. For tourists, the primary appeal of the Sistine Chapel is the collection of Renaissance frescoes by Michelangelo. The origins of the Sistine Chapel date back to the mandate of Pope Sixtus IV and construction work was carried out from 1473 to 1481.

The beautiful papal chapel was designed by architect Giovanni of Dolce but more than the actual building, what makes Sistine Chapel a remarkable landmark are the frescoes that dot the walls and the ceiling. The frescoes have been created by an enviable group of renowned artists including Luca, Michelangelo, Perugino, and Botticelli. Your trip to the beautiful Sistine Chapel will be a part of a tour of the legendary Vatican Museum which is amongst the most loved landmarks in the world.

The last stop in your Vatican Museum tour, the Sistine Chapel is more than worth the wait. The glory and aura of the Sistine Chapel are hard to describe in words but your experience here will be memorable. As you step into the revered halls of the chapel, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking frescoes that are steeped in history and depict incidents and personages from the Old Testament. While the interiors feature masterful artwork by artists at the height of their power, the Sistine Chapel exteriors are something entirely different. Featuring imposing and powerful walls and ramparts, the building exteriors appear similar to an old strongbox housing priceless treasures. Learn everything there is to the Sistine Chapel to make your visit to the acclaimed chapel even more enlightening and rewarding.

Sistine Chapel Information

Handy notes for a smooth visit


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Sistine Chapel - Things to know

Best time to visit - Early morning or early afternoon
Suggested duration - 2.5 Hours
Starting Sistine Chapel Tickets price - €14.5
Constructed in - 1473
Closest metro station - Ottaviano-S. Pietro - Line A

Sistine Chapel Opening Hours

• Monday - Saturday: 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
(Ticket office closes at 04:00 PM)
• Sunday - Closed
• Last Sunday of each month: 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
(Ticket office closes at midday, 12:30 PM)

Must-see at Sistine Chapel

The Ceiling
The Last Judgement Frescoe
North Wall
South Wall

Sistine Chapel Address

Viale Vaticano,
00165 Rome, Italy
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Why should you visit Sistine Chapel?


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  • The biggest reason why you should set aside some time to visit the Sistine Chapel is the frescoes on the ceiling, collectively referred to as the Sistine Ceiling. Featuring nine panels that depict passages from the Old Testament, including The Story of Noah, The Creation of the World, The Expulsion of Adam and Eve, and many others. All these frescoes are breathtaking and dictate the history of Christianity in the most beautiful manner. Apart from the main frescoes, Michelangelo has also painted images of prophets and sibyls adjacent to the central panels.
  • Arguably the most popular fresco in the Sistine Chapel, The Creation of Adam is reason alone to visit the chapel. Painted painstakingly on the Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo, The Creation of Adam is not just an important piece of religious art but also one of the greatest artistic accomplishments of our civilization. The painting features God’s fingers touching Adam's fingers to bring him to life and this image has become amongst the most popular in the world. The best part? You don’t have to be a Christian to appreciate this glorious artwork.
  • The Sistine Chapel is where the Papal Conclave is organized. The College of Cardinals comes together at the Sistine Chapel to hold an election and vote on a new pope. The pope is the paramount leader of the Catholic faith and both Catholics and people who practice other faiths will enjoy the opportunity to witness the venue for the Papal Conclave.
  • The Sistine Ceiling is home to some of the most stunning frescoes and apart from the few mentioned above, the chapel also features many other remarkable frescoes including The Last Judgement located above the altar, the South Wall which showcases scenes from the life of Moses, and the North Wall where you can witness the life of Christ in beautiful artwork

Sistine Chapel History


Standing tall on the foundation of an older chapel named Cappella Magna, the Sistine Chapel was built on the insistence of Pope Sixtus IV in 1477 and named in his honor. The Sistine Chapel is believed to feature the same dimensions as Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem that was destroyed in A.D. 70 and is 40 meters long, 13.5 meters wide, and 20.5 meters high. Unlike the stunning frescoes that cover the inside walls and ceilings of the Sistine Chapel, the exteriors are relatively hassle-free and unassuming.

During the construction phase, Pope Sixtus IV recruited a team of renowned painters including Rosselli and Botticelli to paint and decorate the chapel. During this first attempt at decorating the chape, the ceiling was painted a simple blue to reflect the sky with stars. The next pope, Julius II decided to switch up the Sistine Chapel’s decoration in 1503 and commissioned Michelangelo for the job. While Michelangelo was initially skeptical of his involvement, believing himself to be a sculptor and not a painter, he came around due to Pope Julius’ insistence. He started working on his now-iconic frescoed ceiling 158 and worked on the project for four years straight.

The work was believed to be so physically taxing that Michelangelo permanently damaged his eyesight by the end of it. Almost 20 years after this, the then pope Clement VII recruited Michelangelo again to paint a giant fresco behind the altar and thus the iconic ‘The Last Judgement’ was born. Although in his 60s by this point, Michelangelo continued working on the fresco from 1536 to 1541.

In 1980, major restoration work on the Chapel began in earnest, and restorers spent over 14 years painstakingly cleaning the frescoes and reattaching them wherever needed. During this latest renovation, some of the modesty drapes added to Michelangelo’s original work were also removed.

Sistine Chapel Architecture & Design


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A rectangular brick building featuring a barrel-vaulted ceiling and six arched windows on each of the two main walls. While the chapel’s exterior can be best described as being simple and unassuming, it’s the interior of the chapel which features an artistic treasure trove. The interior walls and ceiling showcase frescoes and paintings created by some of the biggest Florentine Renaissance artists. The sidewall frescoes, which were painted between 1481 and 1483, depict important events from the life of Christ and were painted by maestros such as Rosselli, Pinturicchio, Botticelli, Perugino, and Ghirlandaio. On top of these frescoes and between the windows are small paintings featuring different popes. The rest of the side walls were transformed into a series of tapestries showcasing the events from the Acts of the Apostles and the Gospels. Intended for great ceremonial events, these tapestries were created by Raphael and woven between 1515 and 1519 in Brussels.

The star attraction of the Sistine Chapel is the frescoes on the ceiling and west wall behind the altar, created by artistic genius Michelangelo. The Sistine Ceiling, a name associated with the frescoes on the ceiling, was painted by Michelangelo from 1508 to 1512 under the command of Pope Julius II. The ceiling frescoes showcase personages and incidents from the Old Testament and along with The Last Judgement fresco, on the west wall, are considered amongst the greatest achievements of Western painting. In 1989, a 10-year long restoration project of the Sistine Chapel was completed and centuries’ worth of dist and varnish were removed from the frescoes.

What To See At The Sistine Chapel


The Ceiling

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is made of nine panels that depict The Creation of the World, The Expulsion of Adam and Eve, and The Story of Noah. Of the nine panels, the most impressive is believed to be The Creation of Adam which shows God’s figure touching Adam’s fingertip to bring him to life. The panel showing Fall from Grace and Expulsion from the Garden of Eden is also a sight to behold as it shows Adam and Eve eating the forbidden apple and then leaving the Garden of Eden. Another feature that will capture your attention would be the images of sibyls and prophets painted by Michelangelo on the sides of central panels.

The Last Judgement Frescoe

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Michelangelo’s most famous work, fresco of The Last Judgement is painted above the altar of the Chapel. The gruesome composition depicts hell as described by Dante in Divine Comedy. The image of a vengeful Christ is central to the painting and it is surrounded by nude figures of apostles and saints. The massive fresco that took the renowned artist four years to complete, is divided into blessed souls on the left and the damned on the right. don’t miss the flayed body of Saint Bartholomew which has Michelangelo’s face on it.

The Walls

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North Wall
The many panels that make up the walls on the right side of the alter depict Christ’s life and contains paintings by notable Renaissance era artists:
• Perugino, who painted The Baptism of Jesus and the scene showing Handing of Keys to Saint Peter
• Botticelli, who brought to life The Temptation of Jesus
• Ghirlandaio created The Calling of the First Disciples
• Rosselli, who depicted The Sermon and The Last Supper

South Wall
The south wall of the Sistine Chapel is painted with scenes from the Life of Moses, and the artists who have marked the wall with their art are:
• Perugino with his depiction of Moses’ Journey Through Egypt
• Botticelli, who painted scenes from the life of Moses before his journey through Egypt, and The Punishment of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram
• Rosselli and d’Antonio, who painted crossing of the Red Sea
• The Ten Commandments by Rosselli
• Luca Signorelli, who painted Moses’ Final Acts and Death

Sistine Chapel Tickets


Sistine Chapel offers a lot to explore. Hence, take a look at the various ticket options for your kind of exploration.

1. Skip the Line Tickets to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

  • These skip the line tickets will give you priority access to the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel.
  • The tickets are not time bound, so once you enter the Museum complex, you can take your time to explore every part.
  • Prepare to be awe-struck by the many sculptures, paintings, tapestries, and frescos that were created by the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Bernini.
  • Inside the Sistine Chapel, you will witness the brilliant depiction of the Last Judgement covering the walls from behind the altar to the ceiling - a masterpiece that took Michelangelo four years to complete.

2. Exclusive Skip the Line Access to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with Host

  • These tickets come with the added benefit of having an experience host direct you to the entrance without having to worry about skipping the line.
  • On the day of your visit, you will meet your designated host at a pre-decided place and head straight to the priority entry.
  • This self guided tour will allow you to admire everything at your own pace once your host has dropped you at the entrance.
  • Of the 54 galleries that are together called the Vatican Palaces, the ones you wouldn’t want to miss are- Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Statues, Sala Rotunda, Hall of Busts, and the Sistine Chapel- the last and the most famous gallery in Vatican·

3. Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica

  • A guided tour of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica int he company of an official Vatican guide.
  • Skip the lines at the Vatican Museums and head in to enjoy the treasures of the museums and the marvellous Sistine Chapel.
  • Head to St. Peter's Basilica through a dedicated entrance from Sistine Chapel, avoiding the massive crowds that gather at the entrance of St. Peter's Basilica.
  • The trained guide will tell you all about the stories behind every gallery and the artworks displayed at the museums & the church.

Visiting Sistine Chapel

Practical Information


Sistine Chapel - Opening Hours

From Monday to Saturday
9.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. (last entry at 4.00 p.m.)

Every last Sunday of the month ( other than public holidays)
9.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. (last entry at12.30 p.m.) Free entry

Getting to Sistine Chapel

Vatican City is to the north of the city centre of Rome and is easily reached independently by public transport plus and even by Rome hop-on hop-off tourist buses which have a stop here.

1. Metro
The Rome Metro has a station just outside the Vatican walls at Ottaviano-S. Pietro. Line A direction Battistini, Ottaviano or Cipro stations of the Metro has trains running every few minutes. It's a 5 minute walk from the Metro to both St Peter's Square and the Vatican Museums.

2. Bus
49, stop in the square in front of the Vatican Museums
32, 81, 982, stop at Piazza del Risorgimento
492, 990, stop in Via Leone IV / Via degli Scipioni

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Rules & Regulations

  • Dress appropriately and avoid low cut or sleeveless clothes, shorts, miniskirts, and hats
  • Avail the free cloakroom service to keep any bags, backpacks, packages you might be carrying as you will not be allowed to take them inside
  • You will pass through the metal detector and it is advisable to keep aside any inadmissible items and inform the staff about any objects you may be carrying like umbrellas, weapons, knives, etc.
  • If you are carrying tripods, umbrellas, etc.- keep them in the cloak room
  • You cannot carry any hazardous or dangerous items inside the Museums
  • You cannot carry any eatable or drinking items inside the Museums. Eating or drinking in the exhibition halls is not allowed
  • If you have lost any of your belonging, report to the nearest security personnel or write to accoglienza.musei@scv.va
  • There are designated relaxation areas for visitors-look for them if you feel like taking a break
  • Animals and pets are not allowed inside, except for guide dogs for the blind or partially-sighted. In this case, communicate your visit details atleast one day in advance.
  • You are not allowed to touch any artwork, with the exception of partially sighted visitors participating in tactile and multisensory visits
  • Photography is not allowed inside the Sistine Chapel
  • Keep your phone on silent and don’t use it while you are inside
  • Maintain silence
  • Laser pointers and amplified microphones are not allowed
  • Make sure you throw the trash in designated cans
  • Smoking is prohibited

Best time to visit Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is a part of the Vatican Museums, which happen to be amongst the most popular tourist landmarks around the world. To avoid crowds and enjoy a relaxed hassle-free experience exploring everything Vatican, you should arrive at the venue as early as possible. The Vatican Museum opens for visitors at 9:00 AM but you can pay a small amount and opt for a pre-entry ticket that gets you inside the museums at 7:30 AM. While it’s more expensive than a regular entry ticket, your experience inside will be more than worth the extra dollars you pay. By entering the museums as early as possible, you can enjoy a relatively quiet experience and take your time admiring the various pieces of art on display. With a pre-entry ticket, you’ll also get an audio guide for a more enlightening and immersive experience exploring the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums in all their glory.

If you’re not a morning person and are in Rome on a Friday between April to October, go for an evening, after-hours visit. This special tour allows you to explore the halls of the Chapel almost alone, which is something of a rarity and best described as priceless.

Sistine Chapel Facts You Probably Didn’t Know


  • Pope Sixtus IV invested money into building the Sistine Chapel and ensured it shared a similar layout as the Temple of Solomon as described in the Old Testament.
  • The chapel is named after Pope Sixtus IV who commissioned the construction in 1477 on the foundations of the Cappella Magna.
  • Before Michelangelo worked his magic on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, it featured a fresco painted by Umbrian artist Piero Matteo d’Amelia and features a blue night sky with glimmering gold stars.
  • The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel measures around 5800 square feet, making it a little larger than a professional basketball field.
  • Michelangelo fancied himself a sculptor and did not agree to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel easily. It was with a lot of displeasure that we began work on the ceiling. In 1509, he even wrote a poem addressed to his friend Giovanni da Pistoia complaining about the physical stress of the work and how he had grown a goiter from this torture’.
  • While many people believed that Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling on his back, he had put together the scaffolding that allowed him to paint standing up, which ensured great control and precision over the painting.
  • While Michelangelo’s work on the Sistine Chapel is arguably its USP, he is not the only artist to be featured in the chapel walls. You can also enjoy paintings and frescoes by many other Florentine Renaissance artists including Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Cosimo Roselli, and many others.
  • It took Michelangelo four years to finish the fresco and he left God until last, wanting to have refined his technique enough to depict him perfectly. Michelangelo took four years to complete the fresco and painted God at last since he wanted to refine his skills and depict him as perfectly as possible. Michelangelo’s version of God painted as an older man with flowing gray hair, inspired centuries of Christian paintings and over time became the archetypal representation of God in all media.

Tips to Avoid the Crowds at the Sistine Chapel


  • While entering the Vatican Museums, you’ll pass through the metal detector. We recommend keeping any inadmissible items aside and informing the staff about any potentially objectionable item you may be carrying.
  • No eatables or drinking items are allowed inside the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. Make sure you drink plenty of water before starting your tour.
  • If you’ve some luggage with you, make use of the free cloakroom service to store all your bags and packages since they won’t be allowed inside the museums. This also includes tripods, umbrellas, and other similar items.
  • While inside the Sistine Chapel, maintain a safe distance from the walls and artwork. Remember, you’re not allowed to touch any of the artwork. Partially sighted visitors, however, can participate in tactile and multisensory visits.
  • Lost any of your belongings at the museums? Reach out to the nearest security office or write a mail to accoglienza.musei@scv.va.
  • If you feel tired or lightheaded during the tour, you can utilize the designated relaxation areas for visitors at various points in the museums.
  • Except for guide dogs for the partially sighted or blind visitors, no animals or pets are allowed inside the museums. If you’re bringing a guide dog, inform the museum authority at least a day in advance.

Top Things to do Around Sistine Chapel


1Vatican Gardens

Vatican Gardens

Tired of evading the crowd at the Vatican Museums? Head on over to the charming Vatican Gardens for a peaceful break. Home to over 100 different fountains, the Vatican Gardens are like an oasis in the middle of the busy city of Rome. You can book a full-day tour of the Vatican Museums and enjoy access to the Vatican Gardens. Featuring innumerable antiquities, grottoes, and breathtaking landscaping, the Vatican Gardens is a pleasant and relaxing break from the museums and the architecture that dot the Rome skyline. You can also enjoy stunning views of St. Peter’s Basilica with the Vatican Gardens Tickets.

Location:
Located in the west of Vatican City
Opening Hours:
Thursday to Tuesday : 9 AM to 6 PM
Closed on Wednesdays

2Vatican Grottoes

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A vast underground cemetery underneath St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Grottoes is a thrilling and beautiful landmark. Home to numerous Saints and Popes that are credited with having founded the religion of Christianity, the Vatican Grottoes features rows upon rows of coffins. Some of the coffins date back to the 10th century and offer a fascinating look at the founding fathers of Christianity.

Location:
Underneath St. Peter's Basilica
Opening Hours:
7 AM to 6 PM

3Castel Sant’Angelo

Castel Sant’Angelo

An imposing cylindrical building in Parco Adriano that is connected to the Vatican City through an ancient passway, Castel Sant’Angelo tickets are a must have to visit this fascinating landmark. Located right outside the Vatican City, this spiral building is remembered for serving as a safe house for the Popes and their treasury during two separate siege attempts. Also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, Castel Sant’Angelo is a must-visit when in Rome.

Location:
Lungotevere Castello, 50, 00193 Roma RM, Italy
Opening Hours:
Everyday from 9 AM - 7:30 PM

4St Peter’s Basilica

St Peter's Basilica

St Peter’s Basilica is one of the most prominent monuments at Vatican City. Alongside for it’s importance as being built on St Peter’s burial site and the most important Chatholic Church, St. Peter's Basilica is also home to numerous works of Renaissance art, giving you one of the finest art explorations you will ever experience. St Peter’s Square, located right outside the church, is a large Plaza that also makes for a great photo op. You can also climb the dome with these St Peter's Bailica Tickets.

Location:
Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano,
Vatican City
Opening Hours:
7:00 AM to 7:00 PM - April to September
7:00 AM to 6:00 PM - October to March

5Necropolis

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Located 100 meters under St. Peter’s Basilica, even under the Vatican Grottoes, the Vatican Necropolis is a singularly unique and otherworldly landmark that deserves both your time and attention. Roughly translating to the city of the dead, the Vatican Necropolis currently functions as a museum after extensive excavation and refurbishment. Get your Vatican Necropolis tickets and head underground to pay your respects to the dead.

Location:
5–12 metres below Saint Peter's Basilica
Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday - 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Saturdays - 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

6Colosseum

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Officially the biggest amphitheater ever built and amongst the most popular tourist attractions in Rome, the Colosseum is a must-visit when touring Vatican City. The amphitheater was used to host gladiator games and was built on the order of the Flavian emperors almost 400 years back. Located just 4.5 km from the Vatican, the Colosseum tickets is easily accessible and offers a fascinating peek at the Roman empire at its prime.

Location:
Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Opening Hours:
Everyday - 8:30 AM - 7 PM

7Vatican Museums

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The Vatican Museums are visited by over 6 million people every year who come to see one of the world’s largest collection of art works. In 1503 that Pope Julius II donated his private collection that is seen as the genesis of the city of museums. In subsequent years, many families and Popes donated art works from their private collection. Some of the museums in the Vatican are Gallery of Chandeliers, Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries, Egyptian Museum, Raphael Rooms, and Chiaramonti Museum. A ticket to visit the Vatican Museum will include entry to the Sistine Chapel.

Location:
00120 Vatican City
Opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 9 AM – 6 PM
Sunday: Closed except the last Sunday of each month

Restaurants around Sistine Chapel


Don't travel in an empty stomach. Here is a list of the best eateries in and around Vatican City to help you satisfy your Italian food cravings.

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Il Sorpasso

Enjoy top-quality Italian food with creativity and presentation generally reserved for high-end restaurants. Visit Il Sorpasso for a delicious meal that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket.

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Il Gatto E L’Uva

Craving a charming outdoor lunch or dinner? Head over to Il Gatto E L’Uva and gorge on their scrumptious and well-presented dishes mostly featuring seafood.

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La Zanzara

Savour flavorsome dishes like a traditional Italian eggplant parmigiana without pasta, salads, a fine selection of meat, and delicious homemade pasta at La Zanzara.

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La Pergola

Considered a premier institution of Italian dining, La Pergola is a three-star Michelin-rated restaurant that has continuously wowed local and tourists alike year after year.

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Pompi Tiramisù

Looking for some authentic tiramisu in Rome? Pompi Tiramisùi the perfect spot to satiate your desserts craving. Their tiramisu is amongst the best in the area and they also serve a variety of other local sweet treats.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sistine Chapel


Why is the Sistine Chapel so famous?

Sistine Chapel, part of the Vatican Palace and designed by architect Giovanni dei Dolci, is renowned around the world for featuring Florentine Renaissance frescoes by Michelangelo and other famous artists of the time. The frescoes depict incidents and personages from the Old Testament making the chapel a must-visit for Christians around the world.

When was the sistine chapel built?

The Sistine Chapel of Vatican Palace was erected in 1473–81 by the architect Giovanni dei Dolci for Pope Sixtus IV.

Where is the Sistine Chapel located?

The Sistine Chapel is located inside the Vatican Museums located on the right if we look at St. Peter's Basilica from St Peter's Square in Vatican City. 

How long does it take to see the Vatican and Sistine Chapel?

It takes at least 3 hours to see the best of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. This is excluding the time taken to get there and ticketing queues. So, make sure you purchase a Sistine Chapel ticket in advance.

What is inside the Sistine Chapel?

The interior walls and ceiling of Sistine Chapel showcase frescoes and paintings created by some of the biggest Florentine Renaissance artists.  

What does Sistine mean? 

Sistine Chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored the old Cappella Magna. 

 

What is the Sistine Chapel?

Sistine Chapel, part of the Vatican Palace and designed by architect Giovanni dei Dolci, is renowned around the world for featuring Florentine Renaissance frescoes by Michelangelo and other famous artists of the time. The frescoes depict incidents and personages from the Old Testament making the chapel a must-visit for Christians around the world.

Can you just go to the Sistine Chapel?

No, you cannot visit the Sistine Chapel on its own. The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums and as such, can only be entered through the Vatican Museums.

Is the Sistine Chapel open on Sundays?

No, the Sistine Chapel is closed on Sunday except the last Sunday of each month when it’s open from 9 AM to 2 PM.

Do I need to book tickets for Sistine Chapel?

No, there is no dedicated ticket that allows you to enter just the Sistine Chapel. You need to buy Vatican Museum tickets and at a minimum, go through the main galleries of the museums to reach the Sistine Chapel at the end. 

Why is it illegal to take pictures of the Sistine Chapel?

It’s illegal to take pictures of the Sistine Chapel since the flashes from cameras can be harmful to the artwork.

Who painted the Sistine Chapel? 

Michelangelo painted the walls and ceilings of Sistine Chapel. 

Who painted the walls of the Sistine Chapel? 

Michelangelo painted the walls and ceilings of Sistine Chapel. 

Did Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel on his back?

No, Michelangelo and his assistants worked while standing on a scaffold that Michelangelo had built himself.

Is St Peter's Basilica the same as the Sistine Chapel?

No, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel are two very unique landmarks. The Sistine Chapel is located inside the Vatican Museums while St. Peter's Basilica is located at St Peter's Square and holds the honor of being the world’s largest church.

Can you wear jeans to the Vatican?

Yes, you can wear jeans that cover your legs. The Vatican Museums feature a strict dress code and you’re advised to be as covered up and modest as possible.

What are the most famous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel?

The two most frescoes in the Sistine Chapel are the Creation of Adam and the Fall of Adam and Eve/Expulsion from the Garden, both created by Michelangelo.

What technique did Michelangelo use to paint the Sistine Chapel?

Michelangelo used a fresco technique to paint the Sistine Chapel. The process involves the application of washes of paint to wet plaster. To create the illusion of depth, Michelangelo would scrape off some of the wet medium before painting.

How long did it take Michelangelo to paint the Sistine chapel?

It took Michelangelo fours years to paint the Sistine Chapel.

Where is the Sistine Chapel ceiling creation of Eve? 

Creation of eve is painted on the center of the ceiling of Sistine Chapel. 

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