15 Facts About Sistine Chapel


Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, in Vatican City and the official residence of the pope.

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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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Sistine Chapel's figures showed the creation, Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and the Great Flood.

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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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Only reproduction of the Sistine Chapel ceiling was painted by Gary Bevans at English Martyrs' Catholic Church in Goring-by-Sea, Worthing, West Sussex, England.

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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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