The replica of the Catholic monument is the first of its kind in the world
Copies of the original paintings by Michelangelo are seen at a full-size replica of the Sistine Chapel after the opening ceremony in Mexico City, Mexico June 7, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero, photo: Reuters/Henry Romero
08 of June 2016 12:23:39
Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa and Secretary of Culture Rafael Tovar y de Teresa opened a replica of the Sistine Chapel in the Monument to the Revolution plaza.[caption id="attachment_21371" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] A Vatican flag (R) and a Mexican Flag wave on the full-size replica of the Sistine Chapel prior to the opening ceremony in Mexico City, Mexico Tuesday June 7, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Henry Romero[/caption]The Sistine Chapel, in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican, is the most important Catholic monument in the world. The replica in Mexico City will allow millions of people to experience the Sistine Chapel without needing to travel to the Vatican.During a short message, Mancera Espinosa highlighted that this is the first time in history that the Vatican has permitted a replica of the Sistine Chapel to be built in another country.“It is an honor that Mexico City is the host for this historic structure,” he said.The inside of the replica is covered with more than 2,800 photographs that create a detailed copy of Michelangelo’s paintings that are on the inside of the Sistine Chapel.[caption id="attachment_21375" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] A visitor takes pictures with his cellphone at a full-size replica of the Sistine Chapel after the opening ceremony in Mexico City, Mexico June 7, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Henry Romero[/caption]The replica is 22 meters high and covers 510 square meters. It will be open for visits until June 30, from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is estimated that 1,800 people will visit every day. Entry is free, but visitors must register early online.