Michelangelo Buonarrti , undoubtedly had heavy extraordinary talent. He was renowned artist; he became famous for his bundle of artworks after then. He built Sistene Chapel Rome which is also known as Cappella Sistina in Vatican City which was, and is currently famous art gallery. The Sistine Ceiling grabbed attention of many; it depicts scenes from Genesis with moving details and dramatic way.  Also, ‘The Last Judgment’ on one end is impressive and powerful art. The side walls of the structure are covered with Renaissance Frescoes which illustrates contemporary popes and scenes from bible.

Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is a Chapel located in the Apostolic Palace. It was the official residence of the Pope in Vatican City. The Chapel was named after ‘Pope Sixtus IV’ who restored between 1477 and 1480. Today, the Chapel is served as place for functionality and religious activity. The site is also known for Papal Conclave, a process here new pope is selected.

Sistine Chapel Rome

Sistine Chapel Rome A Sacred Heritage Site


The Sistine Chapel is sacred and dedicated to the Assumption of Virgin on 15th August 1483. In year 1481, Pope Sixtus IV called Florentine Painters Domenrico Ghirlandio, Sandro Botticelli, Cosimo Rosselli, and Perugian Pietro to adorn and decorate the wall with frescoes. Luca Signorelli was also involved in the decoration; it took around 11-months to complete the decoration (From July 1481 to May 1482).

Piero Matteo D’Amelia originally painted Sistine ceiling which included star- sparkly sky. In 1508, Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to repaint the ceiling. Michelangelo hated the fresco work as he was called from his work of sculpting to work on the tomb. He always insisted to be sculptor, and was disapproving fresco painting. But the depiction of human bodies created by him ironically became more popular.

Sistine Chapel Rome

Sistine Chapel Rome A Sacred Heritage Site

Michelangelo was also told to paint ‘Twelve Apostles’ and few adorning jewels on ceiling of the chapel. But as he started working on the ceiling part, he ended up painting more than 300 human figure making grander designs. He was in his 60’s age, when he was called back to chapel to paint ‘The Last Judgment’.  The work was started by Pope Clement VII and was preceded by Clement’s successor after his death.  The Last Judgment was largest Fresco and a masterpiece. It was last artwork by Michelangelo.


The Chapel is rectangular with no absolute measurement. The exact measurement of interiors is 40.9-meters and 13.4 meters wide as the dimension of the Temple of Solomon.

Sistine Chapel Ceiling - Sistine Chapel Rome

Sistine Chapel Rome A Sacred Heritage Site

The building is divided in three parts of which, lowest layer has tall basement with several windows and doorways. The second part is the main space of Sistine Chapel. The building has 6-tall arched of which several are blocked today. Above the vault there is a wardroom for guards.

Taking the exact proportion of the chapel was a bit difficult as no general proportion was made. Maintaining ratio of windows and doorways, reflected growth interest of in the Classical Heritage of Sistine Chapel Rome.