RELIGION

At Philly museum, everything is awesome about Lego Vatican displayed in honor of pope's visit

  • 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 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)  (The Associated Press)

  • 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 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)  (The Associated Press)

  • 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, 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)  (The Associated Press)

As officials prepare for Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia, people in Philadelphia can visit the Vatican — virtually.

A stunning Lego version of St. Peter's basilica and square is now on view at The Franklin Institute, the city's science museum.

The Rev. Bob Simon spent about 10 months building it with a half-million plastic bricks. The architectural feat includes a Lego pope figure on a balcony overlooking the crowd in the piazza.

Simon leads St. Catherine of Siena church in northeastern Pennsylvania. He plans to participate in the papal Mass in Philadelphia on Sept. 27.

The Vatican model is being displayed alongside two related exhibits. "The Art of the Brick" features Lego sculptures. "Vatican Splendors," which opens Saturday, includes treasured art and religious relics from the Holy See.