Lego Vatican prepares to welcome Pope Francis to The Franklin Institute

Lego Vatican prepares to welcome Pope Francis to The Franklin Institute


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This took 500,000 Lego pieces to build.
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The replica took ten months to build.
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The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is showcasing a Lego replica of the square at St Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy.

The Reverend Bob Simon, pastor of Pennsylvania's St Catherine of Siena church, made the Lego Vatican that is going on display at The Franklin Institute, where Pope Francis is scheduled to take part in the World Meeting of Families on September 26-27. It coincides with the museum's new Vatican Splendors exhibit, which showcases significant objects from the Catholic Church's history.

Simon used 500,000 plastic bricks used to reproduce the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome and the adjoining square surrounded by a colonnade path. This work, which took him ten months to build, will be on display from September 19 to February 15, 2016 at the Franklin Institute. 


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