Updated: December 25, 2012 | By Maureen O'Hare, MSN Travel
Ten travel destinations for art lovers

Forget museums! Here are ten places to see amazing works of art in situ.



500th anniversary of the painting of the Sistine Chapel (© Image Broker/Rex Features)
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  • Bas-relief friezes at Angkor Wat, Cambodia (© Lonely Planet/Getty Images)
  • Keith Haring's first major outdoor mural, New York City (© Getty Images/Getty Images)
  • The pyramids, Egypt (© John Elk/Getty Images)
  • The Bayeux Tapestry, Bayeux, France (© Roger-Viollet/Rex Features)
  • Frescoes at Pompeii, Italy (© Greg Elms/Getty Images)
  • Bagan, Myanmar (© Michael Runkel / Robert Harding/Rex)
  • Lascaux Caves, France (© Alinari/Rex Features)
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On Nov. 1, 512, Michelangelo Buonarroti completed the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, his crowning achievement in painting. Decorated with scenes from the book of Genesis (including the Creation of Adam, pictured), the famous frescoes still attract around five million visitors a year, five centuries later.

The chapel is of course just one of the many cultural delights to be found in Rome, making it a dream destination for art lovers. Click through for nine more travel hot-spots where you can see stunning artworks in situ.

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