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Sistine Chapel
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Owner description: Probably the most famous chapel in the world because of its incredible artwork, notably "The Last Judgment," Michelangelo's stunning fresco covering 10,000 square feet of the ceiling and wall.
Reviewed 18 November 2013

I cannot begin to emphasize the beauty and importance of this historical treasure. It does not matter what religion you are, or if you're not religious, you will be speechless at the sheer beauty and majesty of this Chapel. Michelangelo was indeed a master of all things beautiful, but don't miss the other artists contribution to The Sistine either. Suggestion: Be sure and get a guide your first time through The Sistine to understand its history, how and why it was built, how the artists were selected and how it's used even today.

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Reviewed 18 November 2013

We reserved night opening tickets for 7pm, and after about an hour walking through the museum without any crowds we ended up in the Sistine Chapel. It was empty! Maybe 50 people total inside, which left plenty of seats all over. We sat, admired, walked around, sat in different areas to admire the ceiling from different perspectives, etc. for nearly an hour. Just remarkable. If you want to see it, get easy seating, and not deal with crowds go for the night openings. The downside is that St. Peter's is closed so you'll have to go at another time to see that. But to be in the chapel without many people was worth it. There were still a few idiot tourists who tried to sneak photos, but since it was so empty the security was able to harass them until they deleted their photos. Just enjoy the beauty and buy a postcard.

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Reviewed 18 November 2013

It seems ridiculous to write a review about the Sistine Chapel. One of the greatest art accomplishments in history -- known by millions around the world - painted over four years by Michelangelo himself. It is truly awe-inspiring and phenomenal. It's a small room and usually very crowded. If you can get a seat on one of the benches around the wall, do so as it can get tiring standing there and holding your head up to view the ceiling. They forbid pictures here but people were constantly violating that (don't do it!). You are allowed to stay as long as you want.

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Reviewed 18 November 2013

When in Rome at the end of October we wanted to visit the Sistine chapel, this is done via the Vatican Museum and we chose to go on our own on a Wednesday afternoon about 3pm. At this time we never encountered any queues to go into the museum to purchase our tickets and although it was fairly busy inside we always kept moving but were able to stop and look at anything that interested us. There was a slow moving queue down the stairs into the chapel and once inside it was quite full but nothing to worry about and we were able to look as long as we wanted at the wonderful ceiling.
It's a truly unforgettable experience which anyone who visits Rome in my opinion should do.

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Reviewed 17 November 2013

I have visited Rome twice, and seen this both times. It is so beautiful and awe-inspiring to look at, and extremely impressive given that it was painted 500 or so years ago. I would recommend having either a booklet or a guide for it, as the first time, which was with a guide, told me a lot about the paintings and the meanings behind certain bits, as well as the history, which I remembered and relayed to my dad when he joined me on my second visit.

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