The Papal Chapel which is incorporated into the complex of the Apostolic Palace (the official residence of the Pope) is one of the most visited places in Vatican City. It is there where the Papal Conclave meets and where new popes are elected.
The insides of the chapel are decorated with many frescoes by various Renaissance painters (e.g. Sandro Botticelli). Its main highlight is, however, the large painting on the altar wall of the chapel – The Last Judgement by Michelangelo. You can find more than 300 individual people on the fresco and it is considered to be one of the most important pieces of art that exist. The Sistine Chapel ceiling was also painted by Michelangelo, its iconic part being the Creation of Adam.
Sistine Chapel admission fee is included in Vatican Museums admission fees. You get there straight from your tour. However, the place is always very busy so be prepared for crowds of tourists. Also, since it is an active chapel (and one of the most crucial ones in the Christian hierarchy) respectful behaviour and decent clothing is expected.
Accessible only from the Vatican Museums.
Last Sun of each month: 9 am - 2 pm Admission free
Ticket office closes at 12:30 pm
The museums and the chapel are closed for most holidays, check the official website for the complete list.
Children (6-18), students (with ID): €8
Disabled visitors, children (under 6): free
Online Booking Fee: €4
The ticket allows access to all of the Vatican museums. Skip the queue and buy the tickets online!
Official website http://www.museivaticani.va/3_EN/pages/CSN/CSN_Main.html
Phone +39 06 69884676
Address Viale Vaticano, 00165 Vatican City, Italy
Coordinates 41°54'10.561" N 12°27'15.855" E