A Catholic priest in Philadelphia has shown the greatest exercise in patience in preparation of Pope Francis’ upcoming visit. He’s built an entire replica of the Vatican – out of LEGOS!
Father Bob Simon, 50, dreams big. In honor of Pope Francis‘ upcoming visit to Philadelphia, he’s showing off his breathtaking tribute to the Pontiff via the amazing gift of Legos. He’s constructed the entire Vatican, St. Peter’s Square and even Lego parishioners. So cool!
Father Simon is a lifelong fan of the amazing toy blocks. When he was in seventh grade, he claims he tried to construct the Vatican out of Legos, but it was an epic fail. But now that he’s older and wiser, he’s spent the last ten months painstakingly building Vatican City, and this time he’s nailed it!
It took Bob a whopping ten months to get the project to perfection. That doesn’t even include the two years of buying Lego bricks prior to it’s construction. It’s estimated that the cost of the amount of Legos involved is upwards of $50,000.
“I think there’s about half a million pieces in it,” he said, according to Yahoo! News. “I’m not sure. I think there are about 44,000 cobblestones of the square, 6,000 round bricks that make up the colonnade and, under the little cobblestones, there’s 12,000 two-by-two tiles that are under there. I knew if I was going to build the Vatican, it had to be big!”
The project is currently on display at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. It will remain on display there through February 2016 as part of the “Vatican Splendors” exhibit.
Father Bob is a pastor at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Moscow, Pennsylvania. He told USA Today that building the replica was a “very quiet experience at the end of the day.” He compared the painstaking art of placing the brick on brick to that of “rosary beads, or any religious activity that requires motion.”
“While your hands are busy, your mind and heart are elsewhere,” he said. “It frees up the mind.” But unfortunately, with the Pontiff’s busy Philly visit, he won’t likely have time to stop by and check out the Lego-licious replica. Pope Francis, 78, will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on Sept. 26 as well as deliver an Independence Mall address later in the day.
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— Beth Shilliday