One of the best things about being in Rome on a Sunday, specially the last Sunday of the month, is that entry into the Vatican Museum is free of cost. They remain open to the public on all weekdays, but entry is restricted to a certain time between the morning and early afternoon.
Within the museums, one is sure to see some marvelous paintings and sculptures. Popes and cardinals have also added to the collection of artwork in the museum over the centuries.
The Vatican Museums are the places where you are sure to find the Sistine Chapel with the works of Michelangelo waiting to be admired by you. The chapel is named after the pope who gave orders for its building, Pope Sixtus IV. Sisto in Italian means Sixtus. On the ceiling, you are sure to spy "The Creation of Adam", the painting depicting God and Adam.
The ceiling along with the painting did suffer some damages along the centuries by the effect of smoke. Restoration work was initiated in 1977, and it was only in 1989 that the real painting was clearly visible to the public.
The Sistine Chapel has been the host to quite a few papal conclaves in the past. The chapel was the place where votes were cast to elect a new pope. There was a provision of colored smoke indicating the election results. The chapel serves an important place in the religious feelings of the denizens of Rome even today. The chapel is named after the pope who gave orders for its building, Pope Sixtus IV. Sisto in Italian means Sixtus.