One of the world’s most famous sights, it takes its name from Pope Sistine IV who ordered its construction between 1477 and 1480. The conclave that elects a new pope meets here, under the frescoed ceiling painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, and behind them, on the far wall, The Last Judgement, painted by the Florentine master between 1535 and 1541.
In April of 1506, Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to decorate the ceiling. Initially, the work was to depict portraits of the 12 apostles. In the end, however, Michelangelo painted over three hundred figures.
The entire cycle of the Sistine Chapel depicts the spiritual history of humanity: from creation to the first sin, from Redemption to the end of the world.
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