If you’ve ever wanted to travel to Rome, you now have one more reason to go!
The Angel Moroni statue was placed atop the Rome Italy Temple on Saturday morning, but a video released by Mormon Newsroom on Wednesday revealed that 13 other statues were placed inside the temple’s visitors’ center. It was originally announced in 2012 that full-size marble replica statues would be installed of the Christus and twelve apostles, originally sculpted by Danish artist Bertel Thorvaldsen in Italy during the early 19th century.
“One of the things that was important to us was to do something that would make this part of the country but more importantly for recognizing the Savior, Jesus Christ. What more perfect symbol of the Savior and our belief in him could we do than to bring that here to this place,” Mark Lusvardi, director of public programs for the LDS Church, said in the video.
You can learn more about these statues at Deseret News here