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15 Facts About Sistine Chapel
At the time of Pope Sixtus IV in the late 15th century, the Papal Sistine Chapel comprised about 200 people, including clerics, officials of the Vatican and distinguished laity.
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Sistine Chapel has maintained its function to the present day and continues to host the important services of the Papal Calendar, unless the Pope is travelling.
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One of the functions of the Sistine Chapel is as a venue for the election of each successive pope in a conclave of the College of Cardinals.
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Sistine Chapel is a high rectangular building, for which absolute measurements are hard to ascertain, as available measurements are for the interior: 40.
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Sistine Chapel painted a series of nine pictures showing God's Creation of the World, God's Relationship with Mankind, and Mankind's Fall from God's Grace.
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Sistine Chapel painted the Last Judgment over the altar, between 1535 and 1541, on commission from Pope Paul III Farnese.
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Sistine Chapel had perforated the vault in order to lower strings to secure the scaffold.
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Sistine Chapel asked Bramante what was to happen when the painter reached the perforations, but the architect had no answer.
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Sistine Chapel was originally commissioned to paint only twelve figures, the Apostles.
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Sistine Chapel turned down the commission because he saw himself as a sculptor, not a painter.
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The part of the restoration in the Sistine Chapel that has caused the most concern is the ceiling, painted by Michelangelo.
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Since the chapel's inception, the Sistine Chapel Choir has sung without the accompaniment of musical instruments as instruments were not permitted to be played inside the chapel.
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