Sistine Chapel

Find information about Sistine Chapel, an architectural masterpiece

Introduction to the Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is one of the world’s most renowned art galleries, located in the Vatican City. It is renowned for its incredible frescoes and stunning architecture, and has been a destination for art lovers and religious pilgrims for centuries. Here we will explore the history and highlights of this unique building, to help you discover why the Sistine Chapel is one of the must-see attractions in the world.

About Sistine Chapel

Inside the Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel was originally constructed in the 15th century by Pope Sixtus IV, taking its name from him. It was built to be the official residence of the Pope and the cardinals of the Catholic Church.

The magnificent frescoes on the ceiling and walls of the chapel were painted by great Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo, who were commissioned to decorate the interior. The chapel is also known for its stunning architecture, featuring soaring arches and elegant stonework.

Sistine Chapel tickets, pricing and opening hours

The Sistine Chapel is open to the public, with timed tickets available to purchase online. The cost of tickets depends on the season and type of entry, with prices starting at €16. 

The chapel is open daily from 9am to 4pm, and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Sistine Chapel roof

Sistine Chapel History

The Sistine Chapel has a long and fascinating history. It was originally built in the 15th century by Pope Sixtus IV, with the frescoes being painted by renowned Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo. Over the centuries, the chapel has been a site of religious ceremonies, papal elections and grand celebrations. It is also home to stunning frescoes, mosaics and sculptures, making it one of the most important galleries in the world.
Last judgement painting

Sistine Chapel Highlights

The Sistine Chapel is home to some of the most iconic works of art in the world. Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, depicting the moment when God breathes life into Adam, is one of the most celebrated frescoes in the world.

Other highlights of the chapel include Michelangelo’s Last Judgment, Botticelli’s Temptation of Christ and the frescoes of Raphael.

The Sistine Chapel is an awe-inspiring sight that should not be missed. Its stunning architecture, renowned frescoes and incredible history make it one of the most unique and beautiful galleries in the world. Whether you are a religious pilgrim or an art enthusiast, the Sistine Chapel is sure to impress.

More information


Skip the line tickets

Get your Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel tickets here! Book now your tickets and forget about standing in long lines to… see more


St Peter's Square

Peter’s Square is one of the most iconic sights in Rome. Located in the heart of the city, it is a large plaza adjacent to St Peter’s Ba… see more


Vatican City

Vatican City is an independent city-state located in the heart of Rome, and is the smallest country in the world in terms of both size and… see more