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Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel (/ˌsɪstn ˈæpəl/; Latin: Sacellum Sixtinum; Italian: Cappella Sistina [kapˈpɛlla siˈstiːna]) is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope, in 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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Sadly, due to the extreme volume of tourists, and the wimpy circulation in the Chapel, the excess moist air breathed out by the tourists is degenerating the Chapel.

Contributed by Andis Solomon

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..one of the incredible paintings done by the great Michelangelo. It depicts God's giving life to Adam. Bonus trivia!: Michelangelo used bright colors in his paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, so they could easily be seen from the floor.

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Check out the virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel! The ceiling was hand painted by the one and only Michelangelo.

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