Last Saturday, a Porsche event became the first ever instance of the Sistine Chapel allowing a commercial organization to rent the church.
This Porsche event was part of a larger tour around the Vatican City and Rome, Italy, costing costs 4,590 Euros per person (about $5,900 US). Guests were treated to a Classical music concert and dinner in the historic Sistine Chapel, surrounded by classic works from Italian Renaissance artists Michelangelo and Raphael. But Porsche is not one to stray too far off-topic; two days of the tour were, of course, devoted to driving.
For a commercial organization to rent out the Sistine Chapel is unprecedented, and it’s entirely possible that the future won’t see the church hosting any similar corporate events in the future. Pope Francis has allowed the space to be rented out for this Porsche event in order to aid the church in raising money for charity. But historically, the Sistine Chapel has always been principally opposed to commercial influence.
Pope Francis was not among the short list of 40 unnamed guests to attend the tour.