Aside from being one of the highlight structures inside  the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel is also known for the mind blowing ceiling paintings of Michelangelo and the series of frescos  depicting the Life of Christ and the Life of Moses created by Renaissance period painters such as  Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Cosimo Roselli. The heavenly artistry and architecture teeming inside is more than enough to make it as one of the world’s most impressive structures.

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Easy navigation controls allows you to quickly direct your sights to the rich details of the Sistine Chapel’s every corner.

Visitors have sworn being blown away by the sheer beauty of its interior. The over-all vibe provides a cadre of visual feast lasting long after they gaze they sights on it. For most people unfortunately, saving up for a travel to the Vatican City in Italy will come at a steep cost. I’ve known travelers including myself who have the Sistine Chapel un-ticked on our bucket list for so long.

You can even zoom it to see the paintings real close

You can even zoom it to see the paintings real close

While awaiting for that day to come to walk into the corridors of the Sistine Chapel, where the historic Papal Conclave also happens – this amazing 360 degree 3D Virtual Tour of the Sistine Chapel created by students studying in the computer science departments at Pennsylvania’s Villanova University provides a perfect remedy and an opportunity for us to get a glimpse of its intricate interior peppered with inventive paintings and other art works.

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Using the virtual tour is almost similar to physically being there just by using its easy navigational control. Hover your cursor upward and you will instantly see one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of mankind, Michelangelo’s early 16th century depiction of the scenes from the Book of Genesis, which spans some 12,000 square feet of space – is just a magnificent work of art you will marvel for an extended period of time. Clicking your arrows left to right and you will be directed to the beautuful Frescoes by Roselli, Raphael, Bernini, Botticelli and others that adorn the walls.

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To travel to Vatican City without spending money and leaving your chair, go to this website of the Sistine Chapel 3D Virtual Tour.

If you want to complete your virtual tour of Vatican City then check this other pages for a tour of the other historical attractions inside.

Basilica of St. Peter / Archbasilica of St. John Lateran / Basilica of Paul Outside-the-Walls / Basilica of St. Mary Major / The Pauline Chapel

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