Sistine Chapel Private Concert Goes to ... Porsche

It's part of automaker's tour of Italy for car owners
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2014 4:51 PM CDT
A file photo of Michelangelo's fresco "La Creazione" ("The Creation") on the ceiling of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel.   (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri)
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(Newser) – Michelangelo didn't know it at the time, but his work in the Sistine Chapel would one day provide the backdrop for a sacred gathering of Porsche enthusiasts. Tomorrow, those who shelled out about $6,400 a head to the automaker will hear a concert of classical music in the Vatican's famous chapel, reports the Telegraph. It's part of Porsche's five-day tour of Italy for its car owners. Neither Porsche nor the Vatican is disclosing how much the company paid for the privilege.

It sounds very much—almost exactly, in fact—like a business renting out the Sistine Chapel for a corporate event, but the Vatican insists otherwise, reports Religion News Service. "The Sistine Chapel can never be rented because it is not a commercial place,” says a spokesman. The distinction, apparently, is that the money the Vatican receives will go toward charity projects instead of, say, a new lighting system for the chapel. (Read more Sistine Chapel stories.)

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