The Sistine Chapel in Rome
If you have ever seen the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, you will recognise the feeling you get when you see it for the first time in all its splendour. If you have not yet seen it then we believe it’s one of those places that you should add to your list of ‘must sees’. Maybe consider factoring in a visit to the Sistine Chapel if you are going to visit the new Pope Francis.
Physically getting to the Chapel involves a walk of over one mile through the Vatican. The Chapel room itself is hot and crowded. Once you do manage to get into the Chapel you will be blown away by the sheer awesomeness of everything. The beauty and the atmosphere are like nothing on Earth. Security guards shout in Italian to keep the crowds moving and to stop visitors taking photos. Visitors do, however, break the rules. The apparent reason that you are not supposed to take photos is because the rights to the images on the ceiling were sold to a Japanese TV company. The company had funded the restoration of the Chapel’s frescoes in the 1980s and quid pro quo!
In terms of history, Michelangelo and his team took four years to complete the masterpiece in the sixteenth century. The commission came direct from Pope Julius II and features The Creation of Adam, The Fall of Man and the Expulsion from the Garden of Eden. If you do take the trip to Rome its worth checking out the Map Room en route to the Sistine Chapel. Also take a moment to stop at one of the open windows to take in some fresh air and some fabulous views of this wonderful city.