The Monastery of Saint John in the Wilderness is a Franciscan Catholic monastery commemorating the childhood wanderings of John the Baptist in the area. Luke tells us in the scriptures that John "grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel" (Luke 1:80). Tradition identifies the deserted place where Saint John grew up as the hermitage of Saint John in the Desert, also known as 'Ain el-Habis (spring of the hermit.) The site is located in the center of the Judean hills, about 1.8 miles from Ein Karem, St. John’s birthplace, which is itself just 4.5 miles west of Jerusalem.
The Sistine Chapel is situated at the southern end of the Vatican Museums and north of St. Peter's Basilica, the building is of no great architectural interest (rectangle in shape 40.93 meters long by 13.41 meters wide), however the masterpiece artwork within the building created by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) is what has made the Sistine Chapel world famed and a must see for anyone visiting Europe.