The Sistine Chapel turns 500!
(Romereports.com) Five hundred years ago, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was inaugurated by Pope Julius II. It was a day before the Feast Day of All Saints, that Michelangelo’s masterpiece was shown to the public. The renowned artist spent four years working on the ceiling, which is about 65 feet high. To mark the occasion, Benedict XVI will celebrate the anniversary on October 31st, by praying the Vespers inside the Sistine Chapel. The striking ceiling depicts scenes from the Bible, like Creation and Original sin. The Pope will honor all the saints of the Church, including those who have not been formally canonized. It’s truly a priceless work of art. Michelangelo’s masterpiece covers an area of roughly 11,840 feet.