In these photographs made available by the Vatican newspaper L' Osservatore Romano a view of the ceiling of the Cappella Paolina is seen after restoration.
The Vatican says the restoration of a chapel that includes two Michelangelo frescoes has been completed. The Cappella Paolina, named after Paul III who commissioned it, in the Apostolic Palace is used by the pope and is not open to the general public. It contains Michelangelo frescoes depicting the Conversion of St. Paul and the Crucifixion of St. Peter. Officials said Tuesday that the five-year 3.2 million euro restoration was privately funded. Pope Benedict XVI will inaugurate the restored chapel with with Vespers on Saturday.
Reports say that the altar originally attached to the reredos has been made freestanding.