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Sistine Chapel

noun
  1. the chapel of the pope in the Vatican at Rome, built for Pope Sixtus IV and decorated with frescoes by Michelangelo and others.
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Sistine Chapel

noun
  1. the chapel of the pope in the Vatican at Rome, built for Sixtus IV and decorated with frescoes by Michelangelo and others
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Word Origin

Sistine, from Italian Sistino relating to Sisto Sixtus (Pope Sixtus IV)
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sistine chapel in Culture

Sistine Chapel

[(sis-teen)]

A chapel adjoining Saint Peter's Basilica, noted for the frescoes of biblical subjects painted by Michelangelo on its walls and ceilings. The Creation is one of the notable subjects of the ceiling paintings, and the Judgment Day is depicted on the rear wall of the chapel.

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Note

Michelangelo had to work on his back to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The project took four years to complete.
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