The Sistine Chapel.


The Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope, in the Vatican City. It is originally known as the Cappella Magna, the chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between the years 1477 and 1480.

The Sistine Chapel ceiling was painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, is a fine example of Renaissance art. The Creation of Adam is the most well-known part of the chapel.


Bramante Staircase – Vatican Museum

Spiral Stairs

The Bramante Staircase in the Vatican Museum, Rome.

The original Bramante Staircase is not open to the public in the Vatican. The one pictured above is actually a replica that is located upon leaving the vatican museums. This one was designed and built in 1932 by Gioseppe Momo and the original was designed by Dono Bramante in 1512!! It was originally designed to let Pope Julius II get to his room while still in his carriage He didn’t walk because of the strenuous daily climb several floors in his papal vestments.