La Cappella Sistina (The Sistine Chapel)

Miniature paintings of La Cappella Sistina

Let’s do another church visit for today!

Built in around 1477-1480, the Sistine Chapel was created as a special church for popes for important ceremonies, like the papal conclave. If you’re a fan of Dan Brown’s novels, you’ve probably read all about it in one of his best-selling books, Angels and Demons. Personally, I liked that one better than Da Vinci Code.

With our tour guide explaining the meaning of the ceiling paintings

Close up of one of Michelangelo’s paintings 

Last Supper

Being a Catholic, but having only Dan Brown’s book as reference, I was in total “nerd” mode while listening to our tour guide talk about the different paintings of Michelangelo inside the Sistine Chapel. This is really the first part of the Vatican Museum tour, all the guides lead you to these “mini-replicas” of the Sistine Chapel paintings.

They do this because strict silence is observed once inside the chapel. Taking photos is also not allowed. It’s funny because it’s one of the last parts of the Vatican tour, and by the time we reached the Sistine Chapel, I got overwhelmed of all the art inside and completely forgot everything the tour guide said. Well, thank God for Wikipedia and the internet, haha!


And while taking photos inside was not allowed, I was able to sneak in a couple of shots of the ceiling.  Granted, it was a sneaky photo attempt, but I was able to capture a huge chunk of that magnificent ceiling.

Inside the Sistine Chapel


Every part or block of the chapel, from the walls to the ceiling, actually tells a story, which I would personally like to see longer to appreciate them; however, no one is allowed to stay for long inside the chapel.  Once you reach the other end, you have to keep moving onto the exit to make way for the other visitors.

Still, with the Sistine Chapel being a famous and important papal chapel, having spent about ten minutes inside should be a big deal. It’s like being in the “headquarters” where all the popes began their reign of the Catholic Church.

How’s your Maundy Thursday? I hope it’s cool on your side of the earth, because here in the PH, it’s so humidly hot!


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