Latest update: 26 February 2022
The Sistine Chapel is a significant element of the Vatican City in Rome's UNESCO World Heritage listing. It's situated within the Apostolic Palace and is the place where the conclave takes place, the process by which a new Pope is elected.
Access to the chapel is via the Vatican Museums complex and its famous ceiling fresco, The Last Judgement by Michelangelo makes it one of the complex's most popular destinations.
The Chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV (Sistine being a derivative of Sixtus) who commissioned it in 1471 and later consecrated it in 1483.
UNESCO World Heritage Inscription: Vatican City (1984)