The Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is one of the most famous frescoes in the world. It is also the pope’s private chapel. This Roman Catholic chapel is located in the Apostolic Palace, in Vatican City, Rome. It got its name from the pope at the time Sixtus IV and Sixtus is called ‘Sisto’ in Italian.

He invested money into building the chapel. This chapel is 134 feet long, 44 feet wide and 68 feet tall. The first ever Mass in the Sistine Chapel took place on August 15, 1483.


Quick Facts: –

  • The Sistine Chapel is visited by approximately 25,000 people everyday which means five million people in a year.
  • The ceiling of the chapel was painted by famous artist Michelangelo. Although his artistic profession was sculpting.
  • This chapel has the same dimensions as the Temple of Solomon, as described in the Old Testament.
  • There are nine scenes from the Book of Genesis of which The Creation of Adam is the best known. They are at the center of the ceiling decoration.
  • The whole area of the ceiling of the chapel measures approximately 5,808 square feet.
  • Works by Domenico Ghirlandaio, Pietro Perugino, Cosimo Roselli and Sandro Botticelli and other famous artists are on display.
  • In this chapel, God is depicted as an older man with flowing grey hair. This depiction also inspired many Christian paintings for a long time.
  • In order to protect the paintings on the display, cameras are banned during visiting times.