very shape and the size of the building are the dimensions that the Bible gives for the Temple build by King Solomon in Jerusalem. It is a clear message that Christianity tracks its roots back to the Revelation of the Old Testament. I think this aspect is usually missed as most people focus on the marvelous frescos of Michelangelo. Before you look at this piece of art I would like to bring up some story that led to the frescos being produced by the artist. It wasn’t the area of Michelangelo's interest. He was a sculptor. The fact that he
was given the task came from some tension between him and Piero Matteo d’Amelia. D’Amelia grew also jealous of Michelangelo's fame. He knew that Michelangelo was a talented artist but he also knew that he didn’t have much experience at making frescoes so very cunningly he suggested to Pope Julius II that the task of covering the Sistine Chapel should be given to Michelangelo. That plan was that the inexperienced in the area the artist would mess it up and would be kicked out of Rome by the Pope. However when the work began the Pope got so impressed by the quality of the images that he had no intention to send Michelangelo away. As it is said God can use even human weaknesses and sins for the greater good like it happened when jealousy of one artist has given the Church the great frescos telling the story of Salvation. That’s why without the Bible in one hand and binoculars in the other (if one has god band sight) a visit to the Sistine Chapel is a waste of time. The beauty of frescoes goes far beyond the colors, precision and the scale of the project. When you walk in to the Chapel it is like reading the Holy Scriptures. I like comparing the Chapel to a glass house where everything is designed to encourage growth, in this case the spiritual growth. The Chapel is full of stories from the Bible telling how God has been involved in Saving people since the day He created Adam.
For those who would like to immerse themselves in this "glass house" at the Vatican the following website offers a free ;) virtual tour.