Sistine Chapel temporarily closed

giardini_vaticani_mini[1]sistine chapel
In order to accommodate the forthcoming Conclave, the Sistine Chapel will remain closed to the public effective March 5th until further notice. During the same period, the Borgia Apartment and the Collection of Modern Religious Art will not be included in visits to the Vatican Museums. And all guided tours of the Vatican Gardens have been suspended. So my Rome bound friends, please double check with me on reopenings if you are headed to Rome soon.
The Sistine Chapel will host, for the twenty-fifth time, one of the most secret and mysterious rites in the world: the Conclave.
Indeed, twenty-four conclaves have been held in what remains forever, in spite of the enormous daily influx of visitors and pilgrims, a papal chapel and a place fundamental to the identity of the Roman Catholic Church.

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