Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel, built between about 1475 and 1481, is known to contain the works of some of the greatest Italian artists of the second half of the 15th century, including frescoes by Michelangelo Buonarroti, which cover the vault (about 1508-1512) and the back wall (of the Last Judgement) above the altar (about 1535-1541). It is also the place where the conclave and other official ceremonies of the Pope take place.

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Cappella Paolina

The Pauline Chapel is a Renaissance chapel located in the Vatican Palace in Rome. It is named after Pope Paul III, who had it built between 1537 and 1539. Two large frescoes by Michelangelo, dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul, adorn its side walls. The chapel's architect, Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, built it on the foundations of an earlier chapel, the "cappella parva", which housed the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Since the "cappella magna (future Sistine Chapel) fell into ruin in the mid-15th century, the "cappella parva" has been used for conclaves.

Basilica of St. Peter

The Basilica of St. Peter, is the largest Christian church on the planet and considered one of the most sacred places of Catholicism. Churches have been built on the site of the basilica since the fourth century. The construction of the current building began on April 18, 1506, under Pope Julius II, and was completed on November 18, 1626. The building is the work of some of the most renowned architects in history, such as Donato Bramante, Miguel Ángel or Bernini.
St. Peter is traditionally the site of the papal coronation, but it was also, under the impetus of Charlemagne in 800, the coronation church of the first Holy Roman Emperors.

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Church of Sant'Anna dei Palafrenieri

The Church of Sant'Anna dei Palafrenieri was founded in 1565 and is a rare example of a 16th century oval church. The church was completed in the eighteenth century, when the façade, the dome and the interior frescoes were made. The church became the parish of the Vatican City with the bull Ex Lateranensi pacto of Pope Pius XI of 30 May 1929.