Pope Sixtus IV Celebrates Official Opening of Sistine Chapel Hot

Pope Sixtus IV Celebrates Official Opening of Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel, North and East Walls
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The Sistine Chapel in the Apostolic Palace official opens with a mass celebrated by Pope Sixtus IV. The site was originally known as the Cappella Magna, but Pope Sixtus IV ordered it restored, which leads to it being named after him.

This first mass is for the Feast of the Assumption, and the Sistine Chapel is consecrated and dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Hereafter, the Sistine Chapel will become the location of papal conclaves, the process by which the cardinals select new popes.


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