Vatican Museums - Sistine Chapel, Rome

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    Sistine Chapel...

    by Dutch1980 Updated Feb 5, 2006

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    The Creation of Adam...

    The Sistine Chapel is the private papel chapel built in 1473 for Pope Sixtus IV.
    Michalangelo's wonderfull frescoes of the creation on the barrel-vaulted ceiling and "Last Judgement" on the end of the wall have both be restored to their original brilliance. It took Michelangelo four years, at the height of the Renaissance, to paint the ceiling ; 24 years later he painted the the last Judgement...

    Famous is the creation of Adam painted in the ceiling....
    So don't forget it when you are in the Vatican city... because its beautifull and a must see.

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    Musei Vaticani - ie. Sistine Chapel

    by sinoda Written Oct 14, 2004

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    Musei Vaticani; Rome

    The complex of different museums in the Vatican is worth a visit or maybe two or three for it is reeeeealy huge.

    The wealth and number of statues, sculptures and paintings is so overwhelming that a human's capacity of grasping all of it (even if you had the time in one day) is just being surpassed.

    I for myself was facinated by the Sistine Chapel even though somebody could classify it as a Tourist Trap. Too many tourists, too much noise and far too many uniformed men shouting "Non si puo fotografare qui dentro."

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    Vatican Museum - Best time to visit?

    by milliturtle Written Jun 23, 2010

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    I visited the Vatican 8 years before and ended up waiting in line for 2 hours to get in. It was pretty horrible - we arrived at around noon, and since we were afraid of losing our spot, we did not dare to go get lunch. We ended up going hungry until dinner time, since you'll need at least 2 hours to just to do a quick loop around the museum.

    This time, we took some advice from friends and decided to visit after lunch. We arrived at around 1:45pm on Tuesday and followed the pretty manageable lines into the ticket area. We were able to get in and buy our tickets around 2:10pm and most of that is from walking along the walls from St. Peter's. In fact, it seems like we were the only ones arriving at that time that's not part of a tour group.

    The Vatican Museum is a must-see. We were especially impressed with the Sistine Chapel, though there is a bit of everything for everyone. Just a reminder: There is no photography inside the Sistine Chapel, so please refrain from doing so when you visit. There were lots of people breaking the rules and the guards have to continually remind people to be silent and not take photos or videos.

    P.S. You can mail postcards from the Vatican post office located near the big gift shop. They must have some of the most efficient mail service in the area.

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  • Secret exit: Sistine Chappel to St. Peters

    by rjcrjc Written Jan 14, 2008

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    This will save you a lot of time.

    As you go through the Vatican Museum one of the last things you will do is the Sistine Chapel

    There is an exit in the back of the room labeled 'exit for tours only'

    Wait until you have enough people or join a tour, but that IS the exit to take. What I did was lift my umbrella and many others were waiting for someone to do something like this. Then walk out like you know what you're doing :)

    It will dump you right to the entrance of St Peters Basilica saving you walking and time.

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    Vatican Museum - unique museum

    by codrutz Written Jan 22, 2006

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    I won't start telling you fact about the Vatican Museum. I will just state that I believe this is one of the most touching museums in the world. It is not big as the Louvre, not as filled with paintings as maybe other big museum of art, but this is a piece of art by itself. Rooms, with splendid painted round roofs, statues by Michelangelo, sunny courtyards, finishing with the great Sistine Chapel, makes this a very special museum.

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  • Get in the Right Line for the Vatican Museum

    by Sammyfloyd Written Apr 13, 2006

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    We got to the museum entrance around 9:30. The line was reasonable--around 20 minutes. However, we had by mistake, got into the group tour line, and the security at the door tried to stop us. Fortunately, we had a Japanese tour group in front of us, and since we are Chinese, we just said we were with them and was able to get in. Once we got past that door, we could buy individual tickets without a problem. However, some unlucky people were turned away and had to get in line all over again.

    At the end of the line when we first got there, we cannot tell that we were in a group line. The best thing to do is just ask the people around you.

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    Vatican Museum

    by mindcrime Updated Mar 20, 2011

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    We booked our tickets for the Vatican Museum online and just show our printed page to the counters where they gave us our regular tickets, it was a smart move because at 9.00 in the morning there was a huge line waiting and we just walked in while others had to wait (in the cold) for about 2 hours! The ticket is valid for one entry only so we did go slowly and tried to enjoy a bit of this big museum.

    We enjoyed the first part of the museum because it was almost empty because the majority rush themselves to see the Chapel. But there are so many top class pieces in the museum, we saw sculptures, tapestries (great works), maps, paintings, some great frescoes (sometimes covering walls and ceilings).

    You can take pictures anywhere in the museum except one hall which is the one the majority runs for:
    The Sistine Chapel is really beautiful so who cares about photography here, no picture can capture the frescoes that cover all over the walls and ceiling. Michelangelo is responsive for the masterpiece on the ceiling which is full of amazing details, you already know some of them like the iconic image of the Hand of God that gives life to Adam.

    But no words can describe this amazing chapel, you better check this 3D virtual tour of the chapel and check for yourself. If you visit the chapel you will notice that it’s a crowded and noisy place with the security guards scream (loudly) silence! Paradox… :)

    If you want to visit San Peter after the museum you suppose to return back to the entrance and walk from there but we used a great tip from another VTer, we just opened a door at the right end of the Chapel (officially is a door for groups only) we smiled and said bojorno to the guard and after 2’ we were in front of San Peter :)

    The museum is open 9.00-18.00 Monday to Saturday (except the last Sunday of every month that it’s open 9.00-14.00)

    The entrance fee is €15 (free on last Sunday of every month) and includes entrance to the Vatican Historical Museum and Noble Apartment of the Lateran Apostolic Palace (near the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome).

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    Vatican Museum - Cappella Sistina

    by codrutz Written Jan 22, 2006

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    Have a look of the main building of the Vatican Museum while on top of the San Pietro Basilica. As you can see the museum have two long sides. At the entrance you will find yourself in the interior court you can see in the left top of the picture. In the bottom right of the picture you see the famous Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina), another must while in Rome. This is the final point of the visit in the Vatican Museum and you have to stay there at least for fifteen minutes to admire the unique godly work of Michelangelo, which painted the Sistine Chapel between 1508 and 1512. Keep silent in the chapel, don't lay down on your back, but instead watch to get a seat on the special benches on the sides, so you can break your neck staring at the marvelous painting for dozens of minutes. Record it in your mind, it will be a nice memory for you. As opposed to the rest of the Vatican Museum, taking pictures inside the Sistine Chapel is forbidden.

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    Vatican Museums – Look harder on the ceiling

    by dongix Written Jul 17, 2006

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    As you enter the Vatican Museum, you can't help but notice its magnificent ceilings with frescoes and relief sculptures all over. So as you walk further will probably think that all the ceilings have relief works on them. Well look again - and hard. Some ceilings are cleverly and masterfully painted that you will actually think it's a relief sculpture (or bas-relief) until somebody told you it's NOT. Yes it's not. The whole stretch of ceiling is just painted to fool the eye. And once you confirm that, you will appreciate it even more.

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    Are we there yet?

    by karenincalifornia Updated May 24, 2005

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    Tunneling into the Sistine Chapel

    You will see a LOT of art while you walk through the Vatican Museum to the Sistine Chapel. This is only one of about a hundred hallways. It's overwhelming, really, and difficult to focus the proper amount of attention on any single object of art.

    That's not to say you shouldn't come here. You should. You must. The exhibits take your breath away. To see so much art by famous masters in one place is truly amazing. You will just need about 365 days to really appreciate all of the works.

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    Vatican Museum

    by meteorologist1 Updated Jul 19, 2003

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    Inside the Vatican Museum

    A must-see, one-of-a-kind museum. Very beautiful art, ceiling work. The highlight of the museum is Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. It's a must see! No photographs of the Sistine Chapel allowed though.

    Inside the Museum: Don't get fouled by the signs leading to the Sistine Chapel. The Sistine Chapel comes as the last thing you see before you exit the museum. Spend more time with other things along the way. Some people think that they want to see the Sistine Chapel first, but you can't. Don't miss the other things!

    Tickets for Adults: 10 euros. For students, it's 7 euros.

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    Something exciting

    by alemir82 Written Feb 6, 2006

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    Best €8,50 (w/ student discount) i have ever spent in my entire life. this museum houses a seemingly endless collection of irreplaceable statues, paintings, and frescoes. home of michelangelo's sistine chapel ceiling... the museum leads you on a cruelly suspenseful path, ending with the sistina cappella. got a sore neck from just staring at it for so long, and left the museum crying because it is so indescribably beautiful.

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    Visit Sistine Chapel in Vatican Museum Complex

    by no1birdlady Updated Sep 5, 2005

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    Touring the Vatican Museum, you pass through Papal Rooms and chapels with magnificent paintings by Raphael mostly. From here you step into the Sistine Chapel. It's the main chapel in the Vatican Palace. It was named Cappella Sistina after its founder Pope Sextus IV. The walls were painted by some of the finest artists including Perugino, Botticelli, and of course, Michelangelo. Then you look up at the magnificent ceiling done entirely by Michelangelo. It took him 4 years to complete it and it's all fresco. He painted it lying on his back on a scaffold. The subjects are from the Old Testament except for the Classical Sibyls who he put here because it was said that they prophesied the birth of Christ. This is something I have wanted to see since I first saw pictures of it when I was a teen. It was cleaned not too long ago so is much more colorful than first thought. It was covered with a lot of soot from years of candles as well as dirt. Even standing side by side with a crowd of strangers, it was so quiet and everyone was in total awe. Amazing. No photography is allowed so this picture is a post card I bought.

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    Musei Vaticani e Cappella Sistina

    by rita_simoes Updated Oct 14, 2007

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    The Musei are interesting but my opinion is that it is a bit confusing and I don't quite see the point of all those bunches of statues and paintings being there. I found it first to be a little too big, and second, to be sort of a mixture of things in no particular order - but, since I don't understand anything about art, I may be saying something completely wrong. This is just my ignorant vision of it.

    Anyway, if you have one week or more to spend in Rome, or if you appreciate art a lot, I totally reccomend going there - it is interesting and beautiful! On the other hand, if you have just a weekend or 3/4 days, maybe there are better ways to spend your time, also because usually there are long lines to enter (even if I had no problems). Without audioguide and not stopping too much time in each room, the visit takes aprox. 2 hours (I spent more time in the Stanze di Rafaello and Sistine Chapel).

    I believe the Musei and the Sistine Chapel should have separate tickets and entrances. Sistine Chapel is... breathtaking! And I would gradly pay that ticket just to see it (actually I saw it twice). You're not allowed to take photos, but everyone does it and there doesn't seem to be a strict control, so go ahead and photograph this marvellous masterpiece.

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    New: Friday Night at the Vatican Museum.

    by breughel Written Sep 25, 2009

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    Every Friday in September and October 2009 it is possible to visit the museum in the evening from 19 h till 23 h (last entrance at 21.30 h).
    Visitors will be able to admire important collections, following an itinerary that includes the Upper Galleries of the Vatican Museums (Candelabra, Tapestries and Maps) the Raphael Stanze and the Sistine Chapel.

    Booking online is mandatory. The price of the entrance ticket is unvaried (Full Ticket € 14,00; Reduced Ticket € 8,00; Reservation fee € 4,00). For details see the official site of the Vatican http://mv.vatican.va

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