The Vatican Rents Out Sistine Chapel to Porsche for Private Event
For the first time in its 600-year history, the Vatican has rented out the Sistine Chapel for use as a private event venue. Luxury automaker Porsche paid €5,000 a person (roughly $8,000) for the 40-person event held inside, a small charity concert starring a choir from the 500-year-old Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. This is not the first time the Sistine Chapel has been used for such performance events, but this is the very first time performances have been held for a corporate donor as opposed to members of the Vatican themselves.
In an interview with the Telegraph, the Vatican Museums Monsignor Paolo Nicolini explained the reason for such a pivitol decision in operations: "It is an initiative which will support the Pope's charity projects. It is aimed at big companies which, through the payment of a fee, can contribute to charity activities."
What do you think about the Vatican's decision to rent out the Sistine Chapel for corporate events? Do you think the partnership between the Vatican and corporate donors would help or hurt Sistine Chapel fresco preservation efforts? Let me know. I'm curious to see what the Vinglers think!