Pope’s secret chapel inside the Vatican

The Sistine Chapel has closed its doors to become a temporary papal polling place. While the world largely knows about the Renaissance-era chapel — its lavish artistry showcasing the works of Michelangelo and Botticelli — the Apostolic Palace holds a papal retreat, Cappella Niccolina (Niccoline Chapel), the Pope's so-called private chapel within the Vatican. The "small and secret" chapel is not even mentioned on the Vatican's website of basilicas and papal chapels. but those who have seen it say it is "every bit as beautiful as the Sistine Chapel." -- By Vera Chan, Yahoo!

Paintings of Fra Angelico inside the Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
Paintings of Fra Angelico inside the Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
Paintings of Fra Angelico inside the Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
Paintings of Fra Angelico inside the Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
Paintings of Fra Angelico inside the Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
Paintings of Fra Angelico inside the Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
Sermon of St Stephen
Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
Sermon of St Stephen
Capture and stoning of St Stephen
Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
Capture and stoning of St Stephen
St Stephen distributes alms
Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
St Stephen distributes alms
St Stephen's sermon and dispute before the Sanhedrin
Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
St Stephen's sermon and dispute before the Sanhedrin
St Lawrence distributing alms.
Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
St Lawrence distributing alms.
St Lawrence receives the treasures of the Church.
Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
St Lawrence receives the treasures of the Church.
St Stephen's ordination as Deacon and the distribution of alms
Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
St Stephen's ordination as Deacon and the distribution of alms
St Stephen's ordination as Deacon
Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
St Stephen's ordination as Deacon
Condemnation of St Lawrence
Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
Condemnation of St Lawrence
Dispute before the Sanhedrin
Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
Dispute before the Sanhedrin
Paintings of Fra Angelico inside the Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
Paintings of Fra Angelico inside the Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
The capture of St Stephen
Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
The capture of St Stephen
St. Lawrence receives the treasures of the Church and distributes alms.
Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
St. Lawrence receives the treasures of the Church and distributes alms.
The stoning of St. Stephen
Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
The stoning of St. Stephen
Martyrdom of St Lawrence
Niccoline Chapel, Vatican
Martyrdom of St Lawrence

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