The Sistine Chapel on Tour
Sometimes a city break can deliver unexpected surprises and for those visiting Berlin this month, you are in for a real treat as a little piece of Italy comes to the German capital. Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition, gives visitors the chance to skip the crowds at the Vatican and see the wonder of what is considered to be one of the world’s greatest works of art, right here in Berlin.
The Sistine Chapel 1 © Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition
Opening here in February at the Parochial Church, the exhibition, using the wonders of modern technology, features state of the art reproductions of Michelangelo’s famous ceiling paintings from the Sistine Chapel. Telling some of the greatest stories from both the old and the new testaments, the images are famous across the globe – from the creation of Adam, to the day of judgement. With the original work stretching over 800 square metres of the chapel ceiling, it was necessary for full size replicas of the original frescoes, so there are subsequently 34 pieces on display.
The Sistine Chapel 2 © Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition
 Unlike in the Vatican, here the works can be viewed from much better angles, as the curation allows for viewers to get up close and personal with the works, in a way that is simply impossible inside the Sistine Chapel. The experience is different of course than seeing the real thing, but also gives the viewer the rare chance to experience the works in detail, by being able to view them at such close range. This allows for a deeper and more intimate experience with the work and therefore a greater understanding of just what made Michelangelo one of the greatest painters of our time.
The Sistine Chapel 3 © Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition
For those interested in the behind-the-scenes aspects, a pre-show exhibition outlines how the exhibition was put together and allows visitors to truly appreciate the work from a historical perspective, in the contemporary setting.

The exhibition is being held at Berlin’s Parochialkirche at Klosterstrasse 67 and will close on Sunday 20th May 2018. Proceeds from ticket sales will support the ongoing construction of the House of One project – Berlin’s first combined synagogue, church and mosque, home together under one roof. For more information see the exhibition’s website (only in German).


Melinda Barlow is an Australian freelance writer and editor, based in Berlin since 2012. Melinda works with print and online media and has a natural curiosity that informs her work. She is passionate about travel and great content. She loves to write most about the world, its people and why we all do what we do.