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Sistine Chapel Virtual Sightseeing Page Provides a Private Tour of Michelangelo’s Masterpiece

Sistine Chapel Ceiling, Vatican City

Located in Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel is one of the priceless treasures in the world. It is the site where the papal conclave takes place (the process for electing the Pope). Sistine Chapel is a part of the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope. Originally the chapel was called Cappella Magna. The foundation of the chapel was led between 1473 and 1481 by the famous architect Giovanni dei Dolci. It was named after Pope Sixtus IV, who played a significant role in its restoration. The famed Sistine Chapel is known for its series of frescoes that adorn the interior and designed by iconic Renaissance artists. All the paintings were completed in the year 1482. However, the chapel’s ceiling was painted in the early 16th century by one of the greatest painters, Michelangelo Buonarroti. It took the artist four years to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The scenes are depicted from the Book of Genesis and cover an area of 12,000 square feet.

Kindly note, Sistine Chapel has a stringent dress code. Visitors should cover their arms and legs while visiting the chapel, and it is applicable for both men and women. Hence, wearing shorts and sleeveless outfits are not allowed inside.

History

Sistine Chapel Paintings

Sistine Chapel was restored and rebuilt by Pope Sixtus IV in the 15th century. Pope Julius II commissioned several leading artists who took part in its decorations and adornments, including Raphael, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Sandro Botticelli, and Pietro Perugino. The ceiling of the chapel resembled a blue night sky filled with stars. Michelangelo, the great artist, repainted it between 1508 and 1512. These paintings turned out to be one of his most famous works. In 1535 Michelangelo returned to the chapel after Pope Clement VII requested him to paint a scene of ‘The Last Judgement’ on the chapel’s altar wall. The artist was in his 60s, and it took him five years to complete the artwork. A few other frescoes were repainted in the 16th century to repair some damages in the chapel.

Sistine Chapel Virtual Tour

The ceiling paintings and the murals depicting scenes from the ‘Life of Moses’ and ‘The Last Judgement’ are the highlights of the Sistine Chapel. The sheer magnificence of the interior is a visual feast and spellbinds visitors with its beauty. Unfortunately, saving money and traveling to the Vatican City is not possible for everyone. Sometimes it also happens that the Sistine Chapel is so crowded that a walking tour might not give you enough time to look into all the details. Most importantly, photography is strictly prohibited, and you will find the Italian guards yelling out words ‘no photo please’. This is when the enchanting 360 degrees 3D virtual sightseeing tour of the Sistine Chapel comes into action.

The magnificent Sistine Chapel, a must-see for sightseeing

This high definition virtual trip issued by none other than the Vatican is what you should look for if you want to explore the chapel at its glorious best. The students and faculty members of Villanova University in Pennsylvania created the tour that will allow you to experience the famed chapel without having the Vatican tickets. The interactive tour will enable visitors to get a glimpse into the intricate artwork and paintings designed by Italian masters of the Renaissance period.

The virtual, panoramic tour is the best way to sink in the charm of the Sistine Chapel paintings. Use the easy navigational control and see the magic slowly unfolding before the eyes. You can also zoom in and study all the artworks on the walls, including the frescoed ceiling. It is also a great way to get an unobstructed view of the Sistine Chapel without paying for the Vatican museum tickets.

Sistine Chapel and its corridors are always crowded, and hence, you can never get the opportunity to get a closer look at the famous paintings. This innovative technology would allow you to gaze into every detail from the comfort of your home. It is an interactive experience where the chapel looks gorgeous and alive. Take your time and marvel at the majestic sight, an experience of a lifetime indeed. The immersive tour will fascinate you with the art and architecture of the Sistine Chapel. This technology works best if you have a large high-definition screen to stare at. Trust us; there are too many details to view!

To view every part of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, click and drag the arrow in the direction you wish to see. In the lower-left, click on the plus (+) to zoom in and minus (-) to zoom out. Zoom in every piece of the artwork and try to experience it to your heart’s content with no one disturbing you. Try moving the arrow, and you will see every part of the chapel. The Sistine Chapel virtual tour is incredible, and it is almost similar to being present there physically.

Try it out yourself and let us know in the comments what you think. We would love to hear from you.

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By Priscila Siano (266 Posts)

Priscila Siano is the Marketing Director of Tour Italy Now, an online tour operator specializing in Italy travel. She's a respected expert on making dream Italy vacations a reality for clients.

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  1. Anna
    Posted February 14, 2016 at 5:54 PM | Permalink

    I’m looking forward to seeing Rome

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