Sistine Chapel - Roma

Sixtus IV, pope between 1471 and 1484, made rebuild the chapel bearing his name. The wall frescos were made in 1481 by many artists such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Perugin. Julius II, nephew of the previous pope, charged Michelangelo to build the vault in 1508. The Sistine chapel was inaugurated in 1512. In 1533, Clement XII asks Michelangelo to paint the Last Judgment. The fresco represents the glorious return of the Christ but, as the naked figures caused a scandal, clothing was painted on. The chapel was restored in 1999.

Things to see: the vault: the nine central panels representing Genesis scenes such as the Deluge, the Original Sin, the Creation of Adam, the creation of Eve, the Separation beween Light and Darkness, the five sybils and the seven prophets in the medallions, the scens depicting the Salvation of Israel like Judith and Holofernes, David and Goliath.


Address : Viale Vaticano Roma Italy

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