The Apostolic Palace (Palazzo Apostolico), the official residence of the Pope. Here, Benedict XVI is at the window marked by a maroon banner hanging from the windowsill at centre. ◆Vatican City - Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatican_City #Vatican

The Apostolic Palace (Palazzo Apostolico), the official residence of the Pope. Here, Benedict XVI is at the window marked by a maroon banner hanging from the windowsill at centre. ◆Vatican City - Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatican_City #Vatican

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.

AUG. 15, 1483:  The Sistine Chapel was consecrated by Pope Sixtus IV.    image:  Sistina-interno.jpg

AUG. 15, 1483: The Sistine Chapel was consecrated by Pope Sixtus IV. image: Sistina-interno.jpg

Gian Lorenzo Bernini :  St. Peters Square (facing Saint Peters Basilica), and the obelisk from the Circus of Nero

Gian Lorenzo Bernini : St. Peters Square (facing Saint Peters Basilica), and the obelisk from the Circus of Nero

The Sistine Chapel (Latin: Sacellum Sixtinum; Italian: Cappella Sistina) 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 that was frescoed throughout by Renaissance artists including Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio, Domenico Ghirlandaio, and others. Under the patronage of Pope Julius II, Michelangelo painted the chapel ceiling between 1508 and 1512.

The Sistine Chapel (Latin: Sacellum Sixtinum; Italian: Cappella Sistina) 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 that was frescoed throughout by Renaissance artists including Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio, Domenico Ghirlandaio, and others. Under the patronage of Pope Julius II, Michelangelo painted the chapel ceiling between 1508 and 1512.

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