Sistine Chapel - Rome, Italy The Sistine Chapel is the best-known chapel of the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. It is famous for its architecture and its decoration by Renaissance artists including Michelangelo. Michelangelo painted 12,000 sq ft of the chapel ceiling between 1508 and 1512. The ceiling, and especially The Last Judgment (1535–1541), is widely believed to be Michelangelo's crowning achievement in painting.

Sistine Chapel - Rome, Italy The Sistine Chapel is the best-known chapel of the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. It is famous for its architecture and its decoration by Renaissance artists including Michelangelo. Michelangelo painted 12,000 sq ft of the chapel ceiling between 1508 and 1512. The ceiling, and especially The Last Judgment (1535–1541), is widely believed to be Michelangelo's crowning achievement in painting.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini :  St. Peters Square (facing Saint Peters Basilica), and the obelisk from the Circus of Nero

Gian Lorenzo Bernini : St. Peters Square (facing Saint Peters Basilica), and the obelisk from the Circus of Nero

Pope Francis has opened up never-before-seen private apartments at the Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo, which has been the vacation retreat of 15 popes.

Pope opens private apartments to visitors

Pope Francis has opened up never-before-seen private apartments at the Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo, which has been the vacation retreat of 15 popes.

It is within the Sistine Chapel, in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City, that cardinals traditional... - Photo RPBaiao / Shutterstock.com

It is within the Sistine Chapel, in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City, that cardinals traditional... - Photo RPBaiao / Shutterstock.com

Clementine Hall inside the Apostolic Palace, Vatican City, Rome, Italy.

Clementine Hall inside the Apostolic Palace, Vatican City, Rome, Italy.

The Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo has been a summer residence and vacation retreat for popes since the 17th century, but Pope Francis has turned it into a museum.

Pope opens private apartments to visitors

The Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo has been a summer residence and vacation retreat for popes since the 17th century, but Pope Francis has turned it into a museum.

Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina) is the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. Michelangelo Buonarroti's frescoes.

Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina) is the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. Michelangelo Buonarroti's frescoes.

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