The Sistine Chapel is a famous place of the Apostolic Palace, where the Pope resides in Vatican City. The place is well known for its great history. Initially, Cappella Magna was the name to call it, but now, it is known as Chapel. Mainly, it is famous for the frescos art which decorates the interior of this place.
What is the most special?
Most of the visitors and tourists get fascinated by the Michelangelo’s Chapel two things, one is its high ceiling and the second one is the last judgment. It includes lots of beautiful paintings which attracts a lot.
A talented team of painters executed the decoration process, including the popular named as Sandro Botticelli, Pinturicchio, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Cosimo Roselli, and Pietro Perugino. The ceiling Pier is painted a starry sky by Matteo d’Amelia. This mind-blowing work took almost a year as the work on the frescos started in 1481 and finished in 1482. Michelangelo replaced the blue ceiling with stars in 1508, under the Pope Julius 2nd.
Significance of Paintings
The paintings of frescos consist of some subjects and these are divided into three sections. In first three paintings, the story which is told is the story of The Creation of the Heavens and Earth and then the story of The Creation of Adam and Eve and finally, the story of Noah and the Great Flood. Sixtus IV had celebrated the first mass for the Feast of Assumption in Sistine Chapel.
Importantly, Chapel was made for the function of electing each successive Pope in the Conclave. There was a particular process like emitting of white and black smoke for indicating the result of the elections. If we talk about architecture, it is a rectangular building with a great height. The exterior is common as other Italian churches, but the interior makes the Sistine Chapel very unique.
In 1510, after taking a break, Michelangelo painted in a completely different way, He conveyed a strong sense of emotions in his paintings on the floor of the Sistine Chapel.
To enter, one must have an entry ticket. You may get a discount, if you are a student or clergy. Museums are open from Monday to Saturday and the month’s last Sunday which is usually free for all. Ticket counters are open from 9 am to 4 pm.