Pope Francis continues its policy of opening up the Catholic Church to the masses. And Porsche was the first company to jump at the chance to use Vatican’s well-known Sistine Chapel landmark for a corporate event.
During the weekend, according to a program on the Porsche Travel Club’s website. “surrounded by masterpieces by world-famous artists such as Michelangelo and Raphael,” around 40 guests of the famed German sports car brand have had the chance to listen to a classical music concert, followed by a dinner in the museum. The entertainment didn’t come cheap, as every person had to pay 5,000 euros.
As the unprecedented event was announced, the Vatican’s office also stated that the priceless integrity of the chapel would be protected by capping the number of visitors allowed inside to the current six-million persons total.
The participants at the five-day tour of Rome secured through the Porsche Travel Club had the pleasure of listening to a choir from the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, a famous academy that has roots down to the 16th century.
The event – and others that would follow – have been allowed by the Ope that was elected back in March under his well-known motto – a “poor Church for the poor”. That means the proceeds from the lease of the Sistine Chapel would go to Catholic charities of the Pope’s choice, according to Monsignor Paolo Nicolini, the administrative director of the Vatican Museums.
Via Automotive News Europe