TODAY IN HISTORY: The First Mass in the Sistine Chapel (Aug. 9, 1483)

TODAY IN HISTORY: The First Mass in the Sistine Chapel (Aug. 9, 1483)

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Posted January 1, 1970

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On this date in 1483, the first mass was held in the newly constructed Sistine Chapel. Celebrating the Feast of the Assumption, the ceremony consecrated the chapel, dedicating it to the Virgin Mary. The Sistine Chapel was designed by Baccio Pontelli for Pope Sixtus IV, (hence the name), and built between 1473 and 1481.

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