The wonderful, and always informative Open Culture site tips us to a shortcut through the looong lines to see, regardless of the erratic opening hours, free of charge – and with all the calm in the world – The Sistine Chapel, one of the undisputed treasures of Western Civilization, and jewel of Renaissance Art History.
Mike Springer, of Open Culture continues: “The most famous building in the Vatican, after St. Peter’s, is the Sistine Chapel, a part of the Pope’s official residence, the Apostolic Palace. Frescoes by Raphael, Bernini, Botticelli and others adorn the walls–and on the ceiling, one of the great masterpieces in the history of art: Michelangelo’s early 16th century depiction of scenes from the Book of Genesis, covering some 12,000 square feet. On a walking tour you would barely have enough time to recognize some of the major scenes. With this virtual tour you can spend all the time you want scanning around and zooming in to study the details.”
Click on the image above, or here to take the tour.
You can also get 3D views of these other Vatican landmarks: Basilica of St. Peter, Basilica of Paul Outside-the-Walls, Basilica of St. Mary Major, and The Pauline Chapel. The last, although less well-known than the Sistine Chapel, is the home of two other major frescoes by Michelangelo, “The Conversion of Saul” and “The Crucifixion of St. Peter.”
(via Open Culture)