Fr. Bob Simon, from St. Catherine of Siena parish in Moscow, Pennsylvania, has built a detailed model of St. Peter’s Basilica and Square entirely out of Legos, which will be on display at the Franklin Institute through February 15.
Five fun facts:
1. The model Vatican measures 14×6 feet and uses 500,000 Legos.
2. Fr. Simon, age 50, made his first attempt at building a Lego Vatican when he was in seventh grade. (And he also wanted to be a priest way back then – cool.)
3. Fr. Simon describes how the work of building the Vatican piece by piece became a prayerful exercise, reminding him of the rosary. (Yup. Anyone who spent hours at a time as a kid playing with Legos can relate to this. Maybe you weren’t praying, but there was a rhythm, a cadence, and you were consumed by it, lost in it.)
4. The white ruff collars for the Swiss Guards were purchased from a Hungarian man who owned nine of the world’s total supply of fourteen. (Not sure if we should call that a “fun fact” or a “fact that proves there is a vast, global, slightly scary Lego subculture.”)
5. As you can see from the photos, the Lego Vatican reflects Pope Francis’ new teaching that St. Peter’s Square is in fact “somewhat roundish.”