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PostSubject: Sistine Chapel   13/11/2010, 8:47 pm

Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City is one of the most famous chapelsin the world. It is said to be the official residence of the pope wholives in the Vatican City. It has pulled so much attraction because ofits great and intricate architecture and decoration that has beencarved by some of the greatest artist. It has one of the best and thegreat painted ceiling that covers a total area of twelve thousandssquare feet. The paintings depict the life of Christ and Moses, whichtook almost 2 to 3 years.Because of these paintings, Sistine Chapel is considered a religiousplace. Whenever a new pope is appointed, this place serves as the venuefor the auspicious ceremony. The chapel in the Vatican City is famousfor its location of conclaves. This is actually a physical chapel,during the fourth pope, this comprised of more than 200 plus officialsright from the high end official to the clerks of the Vatican City. Intotal, there were almost 50 occasions in one year when all from theSistine Chapel should meet. Some of them were masses, however theothers were basilicas. The most common usages of the Sistine Chapel arethe masses on Christmas eve and during Easter. Later, after some time,the chapel was rebuilt so that it could accommodate larger numbers ofpublic. The very first mass in the Sistine Chapel was held during the15th century. This ceremony was a beautiful devotion to the virgin Mary.When the chapel is involved in hosting different grand occasions,visiting is off limit. The chapel serves as a venue for the election ofthe pope. Whenever there is an election, an extra chimney is added tothe piece and based on the selection criteria, either a white or ablack smoke is raised.
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