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.
Established by Pope Julius II in the mid sixteenth century and augmented by pontiffs throughout history, the Vatican Museums; in the Vatican City State offers one of the world's greatest collections of art. The Museum Art exhibits, which are shown along 4.3 mi of corridors and halls, feature everything from Egyptian mummies and Etruscan bronzes to old busts, historic masterpieces to modern sculptures and paintings. While touring the museum some highlights include the Museo Pio-Clementino, a stunning collection of classical statuary, rooms with frescos by Raphael, and the famous Sistien Chapel, painted by Michealangelo.
St. Peter’s Basilica (Italian: San Pietro in Vaticano), also called the New St. Peter’s Basilica is perhaps the most famous basilica of all located in Vatican City, an enclave of Rome. The Basilica was erected on the traditional site where St. Peter the apostle, whom is also considered the first Pope, was crucified and buried. The tomb of St. Peter is located under the main altar. The edifice - known as the church of the popes is a major Catholic Holy Land tour site, and the final resting place for many Popes.