Sistine Chapel

Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City, Italy Phone: +39 06 69884676 Not available


The  Sistine Chapel  is a large and renowned chapel of the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the  Pope  in the  Vatican City . Originally known as the  Cappella Magna , the chapel takes its name from  Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between 1477 and 1480. Since that time, the chapel has served as a place of both religious and functionary papal activity. Today it is the site of the  Papal conclave , the process by which a new Pope is selected. The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the  frescos  that decorate the interior, and most particularly the  Sistine Chapel ceiling  and  The Last Judgment  by Michelangelo .

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