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Sistine Chapel replica opens in Mexico City

Mexico City – A full-sized replica of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel has been created in Mexico City.

More than 2.7 million photographs of the original chapel were taken and printed on canvas for the replica. The temporary exhibit, which covers 510 square meters, was constructed on the esplanade of the Monument to the Revolution.

Antonio Berumen, director of the organizing committee for the Exhibition of the Sistine Chapel in Mexico  says, “It is aimed at people who would maybe never be able to travel to Rome, and will have the opportunity to experience being inside the chapel.”

In a government statement, the city said “The Mexico Sistine Chapel has been recreated to 100 percent of its natural size.” According to Berumen, the replica Sistine Chapel took about 2,000 hours to assemble and cost around 45 million peso, which was made possible by Banorte and Maseca.

The replica stands next to the Monumento a la Revolución, in the Plaza de la República and and consists of a three dimensional structure with photographic reproductions of the interior of the chapel. Inside, Michelangelo’s great frescos can be viewed in exact detail. The exhibit also features an audiovisual exhibition illustrating the history of the Sistine Chapel.

It has been determined that in its few opened days, the exhibit is attracting around 1,200 people per hour. The Mexico City Sistine Chapel is free of charge. The exhibit will run daily 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from June 7 to June 30 with the possibility of an extension to July 30.

One other accurate reproduction of the Sistine Chapel ceiling exists in West Sussex, United Kingdom.

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