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.
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.
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.