August 9, 1483 CE – The Sistine Chapel Opens for Mass

August 9, 1483 CE – The Sistine Chapel Opens for MassRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons After nine years’ worth of work by some of the most renowned artists and architects in history, the Sistine Chapel opened its doors for its first mass on August 9, 1483 of the Gregorian calendar. (August 15th on the Julian version in place at the time.) From 1473-81, Pope Sixtus IV commissioned architects to restore the former Capella Maggiore (Greater Chapel) in the Apostolic Palace. Once the reconstruction efforts were far enough along, the Bishop of Rome brought in Pietro Perugino, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio and a host of other well-respected painters to […]