“Without having seen the Sistine Chapel one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving”, wrote Johann Wolfgang Goethe in 1787.
About five centuries ago, the first mass was celebrated in the Sistine Chapel. Today the chapel located in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in Vatican City, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.
Famous for its decoration, the Sistine Chapel is a fine exhibit of works by renowned Renaissance artists, including Michelangelo Buonarroti, Sandro Botticelli and Pietro Perugino. Especially worshipped is the chapel ceiling painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512.
The Sistine Chapel is a symbol of the papal authority, and to this day, it is the place where a new Pope is elected.