- "I live and love in God's peculiar light."
– Michelangelo Buonarroti
- +25% Culture in all Cities.
- Contains 2 slots for Great Works of Art which provide +2 theming bonus, if you fill the slots with Great Works of Art from the same civilization and the same era.
The Sistine Chapel is one of the must-have Wonders for pursuers of cultural victory. Not only does it enhance your Culture production overall, but it also has the first two slots for Great Works of Art, which appear much earlier than the standard building containing such slots - the Museum.
The Sistine Chapel is also very good for countering an enemy's Tourism, so it is often wise to deny others this Wonder if you're attempting a cultural victory.
The beauty of Rome's Sistine Chapel has long served as a testament to the mixture of strong religious beliefs and the love of art shared by the people of Renaissance Europe. The great Italian artist Michelangelo devoted four years to painting the mural that adorns the ceiling of the Apostolic Palace, the building that is the official residence of the Pope. Michelangelo's great work depicts events in the book of Genesis and other Biblical stories. Twenty years before Michelangelo began his work on the ceiling, other great Italian artists had painted the walls of the structure with various religious scenes.
Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Julius II to paint the ceiling. He worked on the painting from 1508 to 1512. According to legend, Michelangelo had not wanted to work on the project at all. He was intimidated by the scale of the work and he believed that his true talents lay as a sculptor. In any event, Michelangelo's work has been acclaimed as one of the greatest paintings in western history. Few visitors to the Sistine Chapel have failed to be moved by the artist's dedication to his subject, or his feeling for the nature of human struggle, suffering, and spiritual triumph.