Holy Night

Porsche Party in the Vatican

Porsche and God Blue
Porsche approaches the Divine.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Since his inauguration in 2013, Pope Francis has openly criticised opaque Vatican finances. While the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican is now taking exclusive event bookings, it remains unclear how this revenue will be used.

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    Facts

    • The Sistine Chapel’s name comes from its commissioning Pope, Sixtus IV (Sisto’ in Italian). He conducted the first Mass in the chapel on August 15, 1483.
    • German car-maker Porsche was the first company to use the Sistine Chapel for an exclusive customer event.
    • This June, the mayor of Florence came under fire for closing the Ponte Vecchio bridge to Saturday foot traffic so Ferrari could hold a corporate event.
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Are you looking for a special location for your company event? Then try your luck at the Vatican. It recently began offering the Sistine Chapel to companies, with the Vatican Museum as the backdrop for gala dinners.

Not to be outdone by Ferrari’s event on Florence’s Ponte Vecchio last year, Porsche have upped the company event stakes by hosting a party in the Catholic Church’s most exclusive location. While Michelangelo’s Heavenly Father brought a recumbent Adam to life with his outstretched index finger on the frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, 40 guests of the German car company enjoyed a choral rendition of the “Petite Messe Solonnelle” by Gioachino Rossini.

In the Sacred Hall, where the cardinals gather to elect a pope and 15,000 visitors are funneled through daily, a select group of Porsche drivers enjoyed artistic treasures in an intimate atmosphere, outside the official opening times. They then made their way to a gala dinner in the Vatican Museum to graze under the gaze of classical statures.

This is the first time that the Vatican has opened the Sistine Chapel for private events. But it will certainly not be the last. Up to now, their million-euro business has been generated by real estate income, as well as visitors paying entrance fees and buying stamps, books, and authorized souvenirs.

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