530 Years of Sistine Chapel
On Aug. 15, 1483, Pope Sixtus IV consecrated the Vatican's Sistine Chapel to the Virgin Mary. He had the old Cappella Magna restored by a group of artists - Pietro Perugino, Sandro Botticelli and Domenico Ghirlandaio among others - who brought the early Renaissance to Rome. The Sistine Chapel is named after Pope Sixtus IV - however, he didn’t live long enough to see its most famous masterpieces: the spectacular ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, with the famous creation scenes, and the Last Judgment, painted by Michelangelo. Here's a look at some of the beauty that has withstood the passing of time.