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A Replica of the Vatican and St. Peter's Square Made Entirely Out of...Legos

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"It was daunting."

In this Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 photo, shown are figurines in a Lego representation of the St. Peter’s basilica and square, at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The Rev. Bob Simon spent about 10 months building it with approximately half-a-million Legos. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)\n

A Catholic priest in Pennsylvania has spent the past 10 months building a large replica of the Vatican and St. Peter’s Square...made entirely out of Legos.

It's a feat that Father Bob Simon, 50, of Scranton, Pennsylvania, had been pondering for quite some time after waging his first, less-successful attempt at a model of the Vatican when he was in 7th grade; decades later, his creation is captivating the masses, USA Today reported.

Simon spent two years purchasing nearly half a million Legos for the project and it took a total of 10 months to construct the Vatican replica.

It is currently on display at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

"It was daunting," Simon told the Associated Press. "It was an exercise in patience, and I was thrilled with the way everything came out."

Complete with Lego characters depicting Pope Francis, nuns and others who can be regularly seen in St. Peter's Square, the scene is capturing a great deal of attention.

See the pictures below and read more about it here:

In this Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 photo, shown is a Lego representation of the St. Peter’s basilica and square, at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The Rev. Bob Simon spent about 10 months building it with approximately half-a-million Legos. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

In this Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 photo, shown a Lego pope figure on a balcony overlooking the crowd in the piazza in a Lego representation of the St. Peter’s basilica and square, at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The Rev. Bob Simon spent about 10 months building it with approximately half-a-million Legos. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

In this Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 photo, shown are figurines in a Lego representation of the St. Peter’s basilica and square, at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The Rev. Bob Simon spent about 10 months building it with approximately half-a-million Legos. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

In this Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 photo, The Rev. Bob Simon poses for a photograph with his Lego representation of the St. Peter’s basilica and square, at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Simon spent about 10 months building it with approximately half-a-million Legos. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Pope Francis will arrive in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for his first-ever trip to the United States, with plans to visit New York City and Philadelphia as well.

(H/T: USA Today)

 

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