Sistine Chapel

Apostolic Palace
Vatican City

The Sistine Chapel
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The Sistine Chapel is a large and well-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. It is famous for the frescos that decorate the interior, and it is the place where new popes are elected.

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Sistine Chapel

Originally known as the Cappella Magna, the chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between 1477 and 1480. Since that time, the chapel has served as a place of both religious and functionary papal activity.

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  • Places of Worship, Religious Buildings

    While known as the location of Papal conclaves, the primary function of the Sistine Chapel is as the Papal Chapel. The Sistine Chapel has maintained its function to the present day, and continues to host the important services of the Papal Calendar, unless the Pope is traveling.

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