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Interior of the Sixtine Chapel, unknown artist Enlarge

Interior of the Sixtine Chapel
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The Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel owes its name to Pope Sixtus IV who ordered its construction in 1475, where various official ceremonies were to be held. It's in this chapel that the conclaves take place to elect each new pope.

Many artists, such as Michelangelo, Botticelli and Le Pérugin contributed to the renown of the Sistine Chapel by painting its vaults and walls. It equally contains important frescoes, including the Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam, both by Michelangelo.

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