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Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling turns 500

Associated Press
FILE - In this April 16, 2005 file photo, tables and chairs line the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican in preparation for the conclave. Five centuries after Michelangelo's ceiling frescoes were inaugurated at the Sistine Chapel, at least 10,000 people visit the site each day, raising concerns about temperature, dust and humidity affecting the famed art. But a Vatican Museums official said in the Vatican newspaper Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 that there are no plans to try to limit tourists' access. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, File)

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Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes turned 500 on October 31, 2012 with the Vatican warning it may eventually limit visitors to protect one of the wonders of Western civilization.

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