Sistine Chapel - Rome, Italy The Sistine Chapel is the best-known chapel of the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. It is famous for its architecture and its decoration by Renaissance artists including Michelangelo. Michelangelo painted 12,000 sq ft of the chapel ceiling between 1508 and 1512. The ceiling, and especially The Last Judgment (1535–1541), is widely believed to be Michelangelo's crowning achievement in painting.

Sistine Chapel - Rome, Italy The Sistine Chapel is the best-known chapel of the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. It is famous for its architecture and its decoration by Renaissance artists including Michelangelo. Michelangelo painted 12,000 sq ft of the chapel ceiling between 1508 and 1512. The ceiling, and especially The Last Judgment (1535–1541), is widely believed to be Michelangelo's crowning achievement in painting.

Vatican City, Italy - Sistine Chapel. A Return to classical architecture (notice no pointed gothic arches). WEEK 23

Vatican City, Italy - Sistine Chapel. A Return to classical architecture (notice no pointed gothic arches). WEEK 23

Ceiling detail of the Sistine Chapel. The Sistine Chapel is the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in Vatican City.

Ceiling detail of the Sistine Chapel. The Sistine Chapel is the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in Vatican City.

Sistine Chapel, Vatican...can't believe it was closed for the conclave when we were there?!?!

The Sistine Chapel, Italy.

Sistine Chapel, Vatican...can't believe it was closed for the conclave when we were there?!?!

Benedict XV  Papacy began	3 September 1914  Papacy ended	22 January 1922  Predecessor	Pius X  Successor	Pius XI  Orders  Ordination	21 December 1878  Consecration	22 December 1907  by Pope Pius X  Created Cardinal	25 May 1914  Personal details  Birth name	Giacomo Paolo Giovanni Battista della Chiesa  Born	21 November 1854  Pegli, Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia  Died	22 January 1922 (aged 67)  Apostolic Palace, Rome, Kingdom of Italy

Benedict XV Papacy began 3 September 1914 Papacy ended 22 January 1922 Predecessor Pius X Successor Pius XI Orders Ordination 21 December 1878 Consecration 22 December 1907 by Pope Pius X Created Cardinal 25 May 1914 Personal details Birth name Giacomo Paolo Giovanni Battista della Chiesa Born 21 November 1854 Pegli, Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia Died 22 January 1922 (aged 67) Apostolic Palace, Rome, Kingdom of Italy

Opus Mariae Matris Ecclesiae This is the image that St JPII had tiled into the top of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican facing St Peters Square.

Opus Mariae Matris Ecclesiae This is the image that St JPII had tiled into the top of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican facing St Peters Square.

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