¡Viva Cristo Rey! Sistine Chapel replicated in Mexico over the tomb of Plutarco Elias Calles

Via CRUX 2.0 we find something that is just too cool from AP.

Sistine Chapel replica unveiled in Mexico City

A private art project has created a temporary replica of the chapel in Mexico’s art deco Monument to the Revolution, using more than 2.7 million photographs printed on cloth and hung from a metal framework. It’s free and open to the public through June 30.

MEXICO CITY – During June, Renaissance art lovers in Mexico won’t need to travel to Vatican City to see the glories of the Sistine Chapel.
A private art project has created a temporary replica of the chapel in Mexico’s art deco Monument to the Revolution.  [How’s that for dissonance?]
People were lined up on Thursday to see the replica, which is open free to the public through June 30.
“I got the idea two years ago with my brother, inside the Sistine Chapel,” said Gabriel Berumen, creative director and producer of the replica. “When we walked inside and saw its beauty we said ‘Can we replicate this? Of course we can, in Mexico’, that’s when the dream began.”


It once would have been considered a political miracle as well.
Among the Mexican heroes entombed beneath the simulated chapel is Plutarco Elias Calles, the president who led a ferocious crackdown on the church in the 1920s that resulted in open warfare. Tight restrictions on the Catholic church remained in place for more than half a century.

Tonight perhaps I’ll watch For Greater Glory.


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  1. Sandy says:

    “For Greater Glory” is one of those films that after watching, I’m wishing that millions of people could see it and know the true story. It’s amazing and inspiring. Glad you mentioned it, Father.

  2. The 14 year old, tortured and martyred, Blessed José Luis Sánchez del Río (28 March 1913 – 10 February 1928), Standard Bearer for the Cristeros, will be canonized 16 October of this year. The last Cristero died just a sort time ago.

  3. pelerin says:

    There is an amazing replica of the Sistine Chapel ceiling actually painted on the ceiling of a small church in West Sussex, England. It was a labour of love by the artist, Gary Bevans (with full permission of the Parish Priest) and can be found in the English Martyrs Catholic Church in Goring by Sea.

    When I visited it several years ago visitors were given a trolley to push with a mirror on top thus avoiding neck ache!

  4. pelerin says:

    I see that on the website of the English Martyrs church there is a 360 degree panoramic view of the interior where you can zoom up to the ceiling. The wonders of modern science.

  5. Kerry says:

    Quien Viva!!

  6. yatzer says:

    I stand in such awe of that young Mexican! So happy he will be canonized.

  7. Jeannine says:

    Fr. Z., I’ve been reading Robert Royal’s book about 20th century martyrs, and he seems to imply that the Christeros were wrong to fight the regime in Mexico because of the violation of public order. Is this why the Vatican told them to stop fighting? I think they had good reason to fight and should not have surrendered their arms.

  8. Gratias says:

    Plutarco Elías Calles must be turning in his grave. He was the Freemason president that killed thousands upon thousands of Catholics in the 1920s. There is a great 14-minute YouTube video of interviews of the survivors of the Cristiada that is worth watching:


  9. Emilio III says:

    Jeannine, I agree that they should not have surrendered their arms. I believe the executions actually increased for a while after the surrender…

    I am not familiar with the reasons for “the Vatican’s” stance in this case, but a few years later during the Spanish civil war they refused to take sides until the “nationalists” took over the Basque provinces, where there was no formal persecution of the Church (I think 14 priests were murdered, but not by the legal authorities). It seemed logical to assume that a Church declaration against the “Republic” would hurt the only two provinces which still declared themselves Catholic, while the rest would not be bothered by it.

  10. Felipe says:

    ¡Viva Cristo Rey! San Julio Álvarez Mendoza Ora Pro Nobis. He is an obscure Saint, but he is OUR obscure Saint from Mechoacanejo, Jalisco. Executed after he was seized by soldiers while on his way to celebrate Mass. He was one of the 25 beatified in 2000. These priests risked their lives for the Sacraments. May our people remember these Martyrs every time we take the Mass for granted. I pray for our priests, may they realize how serious their vocations are. Thank you Father Z for sharing this and mentioning the movie.

  11. Kerry says:

    Felipe, is the reply to Viva Christo Rey, ‘Quien Vive’, ‘Quien Viva’ or…? Por favor y gracias.
    Viva Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe!
    Are there any ‘obscure’ Saints?

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  13. Hans says:

    May it become a permanent feature, as a reminder of who wins in the end.

    Great movie, too. Thanks for the reminder.

  14. Hans says:

    Are there any ‘obscure’ Saints?

    Only to us, Kerry.

  15. Emilio III says:

    Kerry, I believe you’re thinking of “¡Que viva!” If you ever hear “¿Quien vive?” you have probably made a mistake, since the wrong answer will most likely get you shot. “¡Alto! ¿Quien vive?” is the rough equivalent of “Halt! Who goes there?” In this context the answer might be “¡Viva Cristo Rey!” or “¡Viva la República!” The right answer depends on who’s asking…

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